This article originally appeared on Noisey US.
Gene Simmons has been banned for life from Fox News after running into one of the organisation's staff meetings, exposing his chest and belly, making inappropriate remarks, hitting two staff members on the head with his new book On Power, and implying that the hollow sound generated by the staffers’ skulls correlated with their stupidity. According to The Daily Beast, a photograph of Simmons is now displayed at the entrance of Fox News’ Manhattan headquarters with an advisory that he not be admitted to the premises.
The incident occurred Wednesday. Simmons was scheduled for a full day at the right-wing news organisation, and things followed Fox and Simmons’s naturally chaotic path at first. He appeared on the vacuous morning show Fox & Friends, then stepped onto Maria Bartiromo’s Fox Business show, Mornings with Maria. While there, Simmons was asked to respond to ongoing outing of sexual assault in Hollywood and the media.
“The lunatics have taken over the insane asylum when respected business entities such as yourself ask guys that like to stick their tongues out what I think of Harvey Weinstein,” Simmons said. He started his next sentence with all the boldness of a man who called his new book On Power: “Okay, I’m a powerful and attractive man, and what I’m about to say is deadly serious. Men are jackasses. From the time we’re young we have testosterone. I’m not validating it or defending it.”
As The Daily Beast reports, Simmons wasted little time in making that manifest. From Lloyd Grove’s report:
According to a knowledgeable Fox News source, Simmons showed up on the 14th floor to do a book-plugging interview with FoxNews.com’s entertainment section, but instead barged in on a staff meeting uninvited.
“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 paedophilia 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.
“It was pretty severe,” the source said.
It's been an interesting 12 months for Simmons. In the lead-up to Donald Trump's inauguration, the KISS frontman appeared on Fox News to suggest that America become a one-party state. Earlier this year he tried to trademark the devil horns hand thing. Also, he looks like this calf.
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