Long-tongued rocker Gene Simmons has reportedly been banned from all Fox properties after a series of incidents irked management at the conservative news outlet. Simmons is best known as the frontman of Kiss, with whom he performs decked out in black and white make-up as his stage persona, The Demon.
The 68-year-old Simmons appeared as a guest on the morning show Fox & Friends on Wednesday 15 November to promote his new book On Power. On the show Simmons, wearing a baseball cap with a money bag logo, said he discovered while working as a Spanish teacher that everything people learn in school "really does you little good" and saying his book, similarly decked with a money bag logo, will "help you get through life".
Simmons also appeared on a panel discussion regarding allegations against Harvey Weinstein. According to The Daily Beast, Simmons later entered a meeting uninvited and opened his shirt to reveal his torso to the assembled staff.
Simmons made insulting comments about the intelligence of two employees and "bopped" their heads with his book, according to the report. He is also alleged to have made paedophilia jokes. An image of Simmons was reportedly handed to security with a note to not let him into the New York City buildings.
IBTimes UK reached out to Fox News and Gene Simmons for confirmation or comment but had not received a reply by the time of publication.
Simmons was born in Haifa, Israel, as Chaim Witz, immigrating to New York City as the age of eight. The band Kiss was formed in the early 70s and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Alongside their iconic face paint personas and intense live performances, the band is known for hits such as Rock And Roll All Nite and I Was Made For Lovin' You.