Tomi Lahren, the former hostess on The Blaze‘s “Final Thoughts with Tomi,” is suing her former boss for firing her after some comments she made on The View.
The young conservative commentator was suspended last month after she went on The View and said, “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies.”
Aside from receiving outrage from many of her once-followers on social media, Lahren’s show was suspended for a week and then she was fired and condemned by her then-boss, Glenn Beck. Lahren is responding with a police report accusing The Blaze of breaking her employment contract and paying her off “presumably hoping they could find an exit strategy to sanitize their unlawful conduct.”
Lahren says she was not told her comments on The View were wrong, and The Blaze producer who had accompanied her to the show even “applauded” her. Her boss and coworkers at The Blaze knew she was pro-choice, and “never took any issue with it,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also says she was “understandably disappointed, saddened and in shock for being suspended for freely expressing her opinions, which certainly reconcile with what is the law of the land in the United States i.e., a woman’s constitutional right to choose and in so way inconsistent with any of [Lahren’s] obligations under the Employment Contract.”
Lahren is asking for payment of her lawyers’ fees and other expenses, as well as a restraining order which would block The Blaze from erasing evidence of them telling her to “go dark” on social media and not speak out about her opinions. She says her Facebook page is her property, not The Blaze‘s.
Lahren’s contract was supposed to continue through September 30th.
In a statement from the PR firm Goldin Solutions, The Blaze insists there was no breach of contract.
“It is puzzling that an employee who remains under contract (and is still being paid) has sued us for being fired, especially when we continue to comply fully with the terms of our agreement with her,” the statement says.
Amy Holmes, a former GBTV and The Blaze news anchor, is defending her former boss on Twitter over the incident.
My open pro-choice views were never an issue for @glennbeck who hired me to help launch the network.— Amy Holmes (@realamymholmes) April 4, 2017
Glenn Beck has not personally released a statement over the issue.