Gene Simmons, the lifetime menace, KISS frontman, and frequent trademarker, has maintained an ongoing relationship with Fox News. He’s less of a zealot than Ted Nugent, classic rock’s most reliable guest on the network, but is apparently more likely to expose his chest on the air. Simmons made the Fox rounds on Wednesday, stopping by Fox & Friends and Fox Business Network to promote his timely new book about amassing vast amounts power and money, called On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power. According to a report from the Daily Beast, things got a little messy off camera.
After Simmons sat down for two morning interviews, he reportedly ditched a third talk with FoxNews.com’s entertainment section to terrorize a staff meeting. If getting whacked on the head by Simmons’ latest book in the Fox News office while he exposes his belly sounds like your own personal hell, then buckle up! From the Daily Beast:
“Hey chicks, sue me!” he shouted, and then pulled open his red velvet shirt to reveal his chest and belly, according to the source. Then he starting telling Michael Jackson pedophilia jokes, and then bopped two employees on the head with his book, making derisive comments about their comparative intelligence according to the sound their heads made when struck.
Fox News, which has been wrestling with its own sexual harassment epidemic over the past 16 months, acted more swiftly with punishing Simmons than it has its own employees. His misconduct was promptly reported to an HR executive, who decided that Simmons would be “permanently banned from the building and will no longer be permitted on any Fox News or Fox Business Network programming.”
To his credit, Simmons briefly primed everyone for his outburst during the morning interviews. On Fox & Friends, he quickly flashed his chest during the weather report and was asked about the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal on Fox Business. His answer was either extremely self-aware or not nearly enough:
“Okay, I’m a powerful and attractive man, and what I’m about to say is deadly serious,” he continued. “Men are jackasses. From the time we’re young we have testosterone. I’m not validating it or defending it.”
May he validate it for the rest of his life.