Fox News executive John Moody has retired from the network following outrage from his recent critique of the Winter Olympics.
“Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger.’ It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different,’” Moody wrote in the controversial op-ed last month.
The op-ed was taken down and Fox News released a statement saying, “John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of Fox News and has been removed.”
CNN reports that Moody, 64, has now left Fox News.
“John Moody has retired from Fox News,” the network said in a statement.
Reportedly, Moody had already been planning to retire before the Olympics controversy.
Moody joined Fox News as executive vice president in 1996. In 2009, he left Fox News to become CEO of News Corp’s NewsCore wire service. News Corp and Fox News merged together in 2012 and Moody returned as executive vice president and executive editor for the network.