Gene Simmons has issued a statement in which he apologizes for “unintentionally” offending female staffers during his recent appearance to plug his new book on Fox News and Fox Business. His off-air antics resulted in him being banned for life from Fox.
After regaling staff with info about his voracious sexual appetite and decades of consensual hookups, Simmons said during the panel on Mornings With Maria, “I’m a powerful and attractive man and what I’m about to say is deadly serious. Men are jackasses. And from the time we’re young, we have testosterone. I’m not validating it or defending it. Guys need to be trained from their very, very young ages from their mothers and their loved ones that half the world’s population are female, and they need to be treated with respect.”
Then, after the cameras were off, Simmons allegedly crashed a production meeting, hiked up his red velvet shirt, and yelled, “Hey, chicks — sue me!” before telling pedophilia “jokes” about Michael Jackson, and whacking two staffers on the head with a copy of his book. Apparently that was a scientific test to deduce their comparative intelligence according to the sound their heads made when struck.
Simmons’ followup statement says, “I have appeared frequently over the years on various Fox News and Fox Business programs and have a tremendous amount of respect for the talented women and men who work there. While I believe that what is being reported is highly exaggerated and misleading, I am sincerely sorry that I unintentionally offended members of the Fox team during my visit.”
When Paul Stanley was queried recently as to how he feels about Simmon’s in-your-face opinions and high profile persona outside KISS, he said, “I think Gene has earned the right to do whatever he wants to. Gene certainly in all venues has the freedom and the right to do whatever he chooses, as long as it doesn’t directly impact on anything that he’s only part of. He’s come away unscathed till now.”