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Dan Wootton's contract as MailOnline columnist terminated

Dan Wootton was suspended by GB News on Wednesday, after a row over comments by Laurence Fox on his show earlier this week.



Dan Wootton's contract as a columnist for MailOnline has been terminated, a spokesperson for the news site's parent company has said.


Wootton was suspended by GB News on Wednesday, after a row over comments by Laurence Fox on his show earlier this week.


Fox was taken off air following the remarks he made on air on Tuesday about female PoliticsJOE journalist Ava Evans, which have been described as "unacceptable, unjustifiable and indefensible".


One of his comments included asking: "Who would want to shag that?"


A spokesperson for DMG Media, the parent company of MailOnline, said: "Following events this week, DMG Media can confirm that Dan Wootton's freelance column with MailOnline - which had already been paused - has now been terminated, along with his contract."


He had already been suspended by GB News after the episode, with the channel saying it was investigating the incident.


It came after the broadcaster said it had suspended Fox "immediately" and claimed it would be "apologising formally" to Ms Evans.


GB News said in a statement: "[We have] suspended Dan Wootton following comments made on his programme by Laurence Fox last night.


"This follows our decision earlier today to formally suspend Mr Fox."


As Fox's comments drew widespread condemnation, Wootton offered an apology to Ms Evans in a public post on X, formerly known as Twitter, in which he described the reporter as "brilliant".


He apologised "unreservedly" for what was said during the show and conceded he should have done this immediately on air.


Wootton, who could be seen laughing as Fox made his remarks, reiterated his "regret" over the incident in another social media post on Wednesday morning "having looked at the footage" of what he described as a "bizarre exchange".


"I should have intervened immediately," he said: adding. "I know I should have done better. I'm devastated..."

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