Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has been banned for life from Fox News after claims that he insulted and taunted staff members.
Simmons was appearing on a pair of shows on the conservative news network – Fox and Friends, and Mornings With Maria – to promote his new book, On Power. According to a Fox News source speaking to the Daily Beast, Simmons barged in on a staff meeting, unbuttoned his shirt and exposed his torso, shouting: “Hey chicks, sue me!”
He also told jokes about Michael Jackson and pedophilia and made mocking remarks about the intelligence of staffers. His behavior has now seen him banned from the building and from further Fox News shows. He has not commented on the claims.
Simmons had previously condemned Harvey Weinstein’s harassment, saying: “Men are jackasses. From the time we’re young we have testosterone. I’m not validating it or defending it.” In another interview earlier in the week, he had said: “I want all the jackasses to go to jail for being improper.”