It’s easy to debate on whether Gene Simmons should resurrect his reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels and calling it What Will Gene Simmons Think of Next instead. The KISS frontman/bassist has already wanted to claim the devil horns as his own trademark and believes that rock music is dead. Therefore, there’s enough material to quote him for at least one full season. However, it’s becoming difficult to find a trusted network since he was recently banned from all of Fox News Network Programming.
The Daily Beast reported that he has been banned for life by Fox News after insulting female staffers, taunting them, and exposing his chest. The incident took place on Wednesday (15) morning when he appeared on Fox & Friends and Maria Bartiromo’s Fox Business Network show, Mornings With Maria, to promote his new book On Power.
Everything moved well at first when Simmons offered his assistance to meteorologist Janice Dean on Fox & Friends for her weather report. The disaster began when he sat on a panel with Bartiromo who asked his views on the recent Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations.
“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. Okay, I’m a powerful and attractive man, and what I’m about to say is deadly serious. Men are jackasses. From the time we’re young we have testosterone. I’m not validating it or defending it.”
Unfortunately, Simmons was unable to use a filter on both his words and actions, as his behavior worsened. The Daily Beast also reported that a knowledgeable Fox News source mentioned that Simmons showed up on the 14th floor to do a book-plugging interview with FoxNews.com’s entertainment section and ended up barging in on a staff meeting. The uninvited singer gave his On Power book a whole new meaning when he plunged into the room shouting:
“Hey chicks, sue me!” he shouted, and then pulled open his red velvet shirt to reveal his chest and belly, according to the source. Then he starting telling Michael Jackson pedophilia jokes, and then bopped two employees on the head with his book, making derisive comments about their comparative intelligence according to the sound their heads made when struck.
“It was pretty severe,” the source said.”
His actions were immediately reported to a supervisor along with the human-resources executive Kevin Lord, who then permanently banned him from the building and is no longer permitted on any Fox News or Fox Business Network programming. The interview he had with FoxNews.com was taped but, they refuse to publish it.
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Simmons has-yet-to comment on his ban, however, he made time to share an old pair of socks he wore in the 70s along with his belief that money absolutely buys happiness.