Conservative “comedian” and Fox News contributor Steven Crowder complained of difficulties he's having with his Fox News contract. But Crowder seemed to be bringing the same (lack of) integrity we saw in his doctored “union fight” video, i.e. none. I suspect that after this, Fox will be happy to part ways with him. UPDATED: Crowder is out at Fox.
Appearing on HotAir’s Ed Morrissey Show recently, Crowder claimed that Fox will not negotiate contributors' contracts with agents and that they get away with it because “There’s no other game in town.” Because of this, Crowder griped, he’s unable to make money as a comedian – or even get an agent – because the terms of the contract he signed with Fox. “I’ve been held so exclusively in a way that is …just unacceptable for someone who’s an entertainer,” Crowder claimed.
Or maybe Fox is just not that into him. After all, this is the guy who made jokes about Ashley Judd getting raped and also touted a highly-edited video of himself getting “sucker punched” by “union thugs” in a fight that Crowder later admitted having instigated.
It turns out Crowder’s claim about agents not being allowed to negotiate at Fox is not true, either. In a post on Mediaite, Andrew Kirell wrote:
Author’s note: Take it from this former Fox producer, contributors quite often use agents to negotiate their contracts. There is no Fox rule against it.
As I suspected, Crowder has been let go at Fox. Although I didn't go into it in the original post, Crowder also attacked Sean Hannity as an inept host. That, no doubt, is part of the reason he was let go. Mediaite reports the following from a senior-level source at Fox:
Fox hired Crowder four years ago and gave him a lot of visibility. But the problem was that he was never that funny, and, in addition, he crossed the line more than a few times. So we let him go. It happens. This is a business. But now, sadly, on his way out the door, Crowder is proving his true colors, by being disloyal to the folks who took a chance on him and had him on the payroll for so long. The attack on Hannity only further underscores the wisdom of our decision to part company with him.
Steven Crowder can also go back to Canada, and get a spot on Sun News, a Fox Noise like Network.
Well, gee whiz, jerkwad. Maybe you should’ve gotten your lawyer to take a look at the contract before you signed it. Oh, wait. That would entail a level of “personal responsibility” that conservatives love preaching to/at others but seem to hate practicing for themselves.