A senior producer for Jake Tapper’s weekend news show State of the Union has been fired by CNN due to complaints about his workplace behavior.
Teddy Davis, who had been with the show for more than two years, was let go after what CNN called “a comprehensive investigation,” according to Politico.
“The behavior attributed to Mr. Davis does not align with the standards and values of CNN,” a CNN statement said.
Davis has not been accused of physical assault. According to TVNewser, the producer formerly worked for ABC. He’s a graduate of Georgetown University, a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and a lawyer.
“My client was not accused of sexual harassment. Nor was he ever accused of any physical contact, language of a sexual nature or any other sort of lewd conduct,” Michael Weinsten, an attorney for Davis, said in a statement.
Tapper, a Philadelphia native, confirmed reports that Davis had been fired because of his behavior in a response to a tweet from Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi.
And in still more harassment news: @cnn tells me it dismissed Teddy Davis, senior producer of @jaketapper's "State of the Union" program, over behavior "that does not align with the standards and values of CNN." Three women had complained about Davis.
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) November 29, 2017
This tweet is accurate. When CNN executives were told about these complaints, they reacted swiftly and appropriately, as they should. Workplaces need to be safe and I am fully supportive of CNN's action. https://t.co/S4ZPNfTCPm
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 29, 2017
With fitting irony, Politico reported that the news broke at CNN as Tapper was preparing to interview former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson for The Lead, his weekday program. In 2016, Carlson brought suit against former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Ailes later left the network, and Fox News reached a settlement with Carlson. She is author of the book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back.
“We are watching empowerment at its best,” Carlson said in the CNN interview. “And I don’t think it’s going to end any time soon.”
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the nature of the complaints against Davis.