A powerful ABC News executive infamous for her insensitive comments has been placed on leave amid a network probe of her alleged misconduct, according to a report.
Senior Vice President Barbara Fedida’s disturbing declarations allegedly included telling colleagues during contract negotiations with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts that the star wasn’t being asked to “pick cotton.”
Fedida also joked at a company lunch following mass-shooting incidents, asking the attendees which ABC News employee would be most likely to be an active shooter, sources told the Huffington Post.
Her pattern of bad behavior includes racist comments to underlings, according to the sources.
Fedida, who oversees hiring and diversity programs for the network, has reportedly been in the crosshairs of more than a dozen human resources complaints. ABC News even hired an executive coach for her after she was at the center of an HR probe in 2016, according to the report.
The Huffington Post report cited interviews with 34 sources over a six-month period, including current and former ABC News staffers and talent.
“There are deeply disturbing allegations in this story that we need to investigate, and we have placed Barbara Fedida on administrative leave while we conduct a thorough and complete investigation,” ABC News said in a statement.
Fedida did not return a message seeking comment.