Gene Simmons' Crude Behavior Results in Lifetime Ban at Fox News Headquarters

Lawrence Kim
November 17, 2017

But being unfiltered can cut both ways, and now Simmons' behavior has apparently earned him a lifetime ban at the network.

Long-tongued rocker Gene Simmons has reportedly been banned from all Fox properties after a series of incidents irked management at the conservative news outlet.

Beginning on Wednesday, Fox News instructed its security at the network's midtown Manhattan headquarters not to permit Simmons on the premises as he had been labeled with a "do-not-admit" tag.

According to The Daily Beast, the beginning of the end for Simmons's relationship with Fox began Wednesday morning, after he promoted his new book, "On Power", during appearances on "Fox & Friends" and "Mornings with Maria". According to The Daily Beast, Simmons later entered a meeting uninvited and opened his shirt to reveal his torso to the assembled staff.

It's all fairly freaky, even in the context of Simmons' brazen public persona, and while neither he nor his reps have commented on the story, a Fox News spokesperson has confirmed the Daily Beast's account to Ultimate Classic Rock. During his conversation with Maria Bartiromo, the KISS bassist was asked for his thoughts on Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment controversies that have rocked the country for the last few weeks. Witnesses said Simmons also made Michael Jackson pedophilia jokes and touched several employees. Simmons downplayed his qualifications to speak on the topic ("The lunatics have taken over the insane asylum when respected business entities such as yourself ask guys that like to stick their tongues out what I think of Harvey Weinstein") but when the cameras shut off things reportedly escalated. "Okay, but truthfully, I'm a powerful and attractive man, and what I'm about to say is deadly serious: Men are jacka-es". Men are jackasses. From the time we're young we have testosterone. "It was pretty severe", one source said.

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