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Rippon responds to resignation of Fox News executive who complained about ‘gayer’ Olympics

Rippon responds to resignation of Fox News executive who complained about ‘gayer’ Olympics

Adam Rippon and John Moody of Fox News

A veteran Fox News executive has stepped down from the network just a month after writing a controversial opinion piece for its website.

John Moody has been with Fox News almost consistently since its launch in 1996.

Last month, to coincide with the Winter Olympics in South Korea, he penned a column suggesting the diversity of US athletes was no guarantee of success.

This year’s Winter Olympics featured 15 out LGBT athletes, with three representing the US.

‘Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been “Faster, Higher, Stronger”,’ he said. ‘It appears the US Olympic Committee would like to change that to “Darker, Gayer, Different”. If your goal is to win medals, that won’t work.’

Following uproar, Fox News removed the column a day later saying it did not it ‘reflect the views or values’ of the network.

CNN yesterday reported he has now left the network – confirmed by a spokesperson for Fox News.

‘John Moody has retired from Fox News,’ one spokesperson told CNN, with another saying Moody had been planning his retirement before the column’s controversy.

Moody has not commented about his retirement.

Adam Rippon responds

However, Bronze-medal winning skater Adam Rippon did reference his departure on his Twitter.

Posting a link to The Hill’s story on Moody’s departure, Rippon simply tweeted: ‘Book title idea: “Darker, Gayer, Different”’

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