Emily Compagno, a co-host on the Fox News program Outnumbered, drew criticism after she praised the CEO of Better.com for firing 900 employees on a Zoom call.
Without offering any evidence, Compagno erroneously claimed the firing was necessary in an effort to stop employee "theft" of company time.
Compagno's comments come as Better CEO Vishal Garg finds himself at the center of controversy after he laid off 900 employees, 9% of the company's workforce, over a Zoom call just one day after receiving a $750 million cash infusion as part of a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.
You can hear what she said in the video below.
In her remarks, Compagno said she "loved" Garg's decision to fire all of the employees, praising it as a sign of good business instincts:
“I loved this, actually. I loved this so much…. I love that for 900 people, he stayed safe and he let them know that their theft was no longer tolerated.”
“So, for me, good riddance. And I feel bad that he’s now having to capitulate to the other execs at this company and apologize for it. Sorry guys, bye!”
Compagno then suggested the mass layoff of these workers, whom she referred to as "snowflakes," was justified because of their lack of "work ethic":
"For all of them, they’re snowflakes. They’re probably Millennials and Zs. They need to learn work ethic.”
Compagno's remarks stunned her co-hosts, including former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who uttered a stunned "Wow" even as Compagno continued to proclaim that she "loved" Garg's decision.
She has since faced heavy criticism online for behavior social media users have decried as heartless.
Better's Board of Directors recently announced that Garg would be taking a leave of absence after the “very regrettable events over the last week.”
Emails that surfaced this week show that Garg berated Howard Newman of the investment firm Pine Brook Partners, a top venture capital investor, calling him "sewage" and an "ingrate and a thug and a miserable miser" after plans to take Better public fell apart.
Employees have also criticized Better's toxic work culture, with one former employee saying that Garg, who “leads by fear,” would "threaten employees to work harder, faster and not be lazy, but there was never clarity on what the consequences might be.”