Months after leaving Fox News and losing his only child to a drug overdose, Eric Bolling opened up about the events that changed his life last year.
Bolling’s departure from Fox News came last September amid accusations that he had allegedly sent lewd photographs to female colleagues, which he denied. Hours after he parted ways with the network, his 19-year-old son Eric Chase Bolling was found dead from an accidental drug overdose that involved opioids.
The former co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” and then co-host of “Fox News Specialists” had emotionally addressed the death of his son in several interviews since the tragedy, even working directly with President Trump on the administration’s opioid awareness initiatives.
While he had joined MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on previous occasions, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough had not pressed Bolling about the accusations that led to his ouster at Fox News due to his mourning.
Brzezinski pressed ahead on Tuesday’s “Morning Joe,” asking the 55-year-old political commentator about the allegations.
“I do feel it’s time to address some things, kind of uncomfortable, but the allegations that were made against you that made a lot of news before you left Fox News,” Brzezinski said. “There were some allegations of sending lewd texts, then you were suspended from Fox, then a few hours later there was an allegation of sexual harassment, maybe more, and then you sued Huffington Post for defamation.”
Bolling explained that upon his departure, Fox News issued a statement indicating that he left “amicably” and not a result of the sexual harassment allegations.
“Are any of the allegations true?” Brezizinski asked.
“An agreement that you make [when separating] is to not discuss it any further for a period of time,” Bolling said.
“I am still under that agreement and I don’t want to violate the agreement but I certainly would love to be able to talk about that,” he said, adding, “and there will be a day.”
“Have you ever sexually harassed anyone? Can you answer that?” Brzezinski pressed.
“I will tell you unequivocally, I am a good person. My wife has stood by me, my wife of 20 years,” Bolling responded, noting that she would not have done so if the accusations were true.
He pointed out that both he and Fox News have held up their end of the agreement by not discussing the details though he revealed that the lawsuit he filed was still pending.
“There will be a day I guess when we can all talk about it,” he told Brzezinski.
Bolling has been on a mission to raise awareness about the opioid crisis following his son’s death, tweeting a tribute and a warning to parents in March about the “Not my child” syndrome of denial.
6 months ago today I lost my college sophomore, my only child, my son, my best friend.
To parents: “Not my child” syndrome is dangerous and deadly
To kids: “One pill can kill”. #opioidcrisis
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) March 8, 2018
On Tuesday, Bolling reached out to rapper Kanye West who told TMZ in an interview that he had been hooked on opioids.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018
Let’s save some lives Kanye-> “ARE YOU ON BOARD?”
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) May 1, 2018
“Help us spread the word about the #OpioidCrisis,” Bolling tweeted. “Are you on board?”
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