CBS fired executive Hayley Geftman-Gold following controversial comments she made on social media Monday regarding the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
Geftman-Gold took to Facebook and suggested that she was not sympathetic toward the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting because, according to her, most country music fans are Republicans.
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,” she wrote in the now-deleted post. “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) October 2, 2017
— Mel __ (@ImJustAMel) October 2, 2017
The former network executive’s comments came after suspected gunman Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada allegedly opened fire in a mass shooting that killed at least 58 people and left hundreds injured at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas Sunday.
Geftman-Gold’s comments were deleted but sparked a firestorm online when a petition was posted that requested her dismissal from the company.
A CBS spokesperson confirmed that Geftman-Gold had been fired because of her remarks, the Los Angles Times reported.
“This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS,” the statement said. “Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families.”
Geftman-Gold was a legal executive and senior counsel for CBS and worked for the company since September 2016, according to her LinkedIn account.
This wasn’t the first time a CBS anchor was fired after…