Dan Wootton, a presenter on the right-wing channel GB News, has been replaced “until further notice” by Patrick Christys. This change follows Wootton’s suspension earlier in the year after a controversial broadcast involving actor Laurence Fox. During a live segment, Fox made sexist remarks about journalist Ava Evans, with Wootton responding with smiles and laughter. The incident led to Wootton’s show, ‘Dan Wootton Tonight’, being temporarily pulled from the schedule pending an internal investigation.
The Rise of Patrick Christys
Following Wootton’s suspension, GB News has announced that Patrick Christys will take over the 9pm to 11pm slot, previously occupied by Wootton. Christys, expressing gratitude to viewers and listeners, promised dedication and enthusiasm in his new role. Ben Briscoe, GB News’ head of programming, praised Christys as a relatable and sharp journalist, emphasizing his ability to engage and hold interviewees accountable.
Wootton’s Controversial Tenure
Dan Wootton, originally from New Zealand, has faced a tumultuous period marked by various allegations and controversies. Notably, a three-year investigation by Byline Times brought to light allegations against Wootton from his time at The Sun and claims by an ex-partner. These allegations include using a fake identity to obtain sexual material from men. Wootton has vehemently denied these claims, describing them as a smear campaign against him. However, his conduct has prompted investigations by News UK, DMG Media, and now Ofcom, following the widespread reaction to his on-air conduct and Fox’s comments.