America's Fox News Channel has fired associate producer Joe Muto for allegedly leaking inside information through his anonymous column on the Gawker website.
Muto's "The Fox Mole" column debuted on the gossip site Tuesday.
"Joe Muto is fired effective April 12. Once the network determined that Mr. Muto was the main culprit in less than 24 hours, he was suspended late today while we pursued concurrent avenues. We are continuing to explore legal recourse against Mr. Muto and possibly others," a Fox spokesman told ABC News Wednesday.
Muto confirmed his ousting in a blog post.
"They nailed me," he wrote. "In the end, it was the digital trail that gave me away. They knew that someone, using my computer login, had accessed the sources for two videos that ended up on Gawker over the past few weeks. They couldn't prove it entirely, but I was pretty much the only suspect."
He also said he had been planning his exit from the network for a while.
"I am leaving. Sooner rather than later, I'm guessing. But I can't just leave quietly, can I? Where's the fun in that?" he wrote.
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