Anthony Weiner's Third Sexting Strike Cost Him More Than Just His Wife – He Also Got Fired

A spokesperson for NY1 said in a statement, "Anthony Weiner is on indefinite leave from the station"

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Anthony Weiner‘s third sexting scandal was the last straw for his wife, top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who announced their separation on Monday. It was also the last straw for some of his employers.

The former New York congressman was let go from contributor roles at both the New York Daily News and the television channel NY1, after the New York Post reported Sunday night that Weiner had been exchanging sexually suggestive messages and photos with yet another woman – at one point, with his 4-year-old son in the background.

A spokesperson for NY1 told The Daily Beast in a statement, “Anthony Weiner is on indefinite leave from the station.”

The New York Daily News, where Weiner wrote occasional opinion columns since 2008 and became a columnist in 2014, also severed ties with the one-time mayoral candidate.

“[W]e won’t be running his columns in the future,” opinion editor Josh Greenman told The Daily Beast.

Business Insider, where Weiner also contributes, had more positive things to say about the former congressman but did not address his future at the site.

“We are sorry to hear about the dissolution of the Weiners’ marriage, and we wish them all the best,” Business Insider said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “We do not a have formal contributor relationship with Mr. Weiner, but we and our readers always enjoy his columns.”

This isn’t the first time Weiner’s sexting scandals have cost him a job.

Weiner gave up his seat in Congress in 2011 after he accidentally tweeted a sexually explicit photo of himself that he’d intended to send as a direct message to a young woman who was not his wife.

His second sexting scandal in 2013 brought down his campaign for mayor of New York City, after which he took a role at the public relations firm MWW. But he was soon let go from that position, with the firm citing “noise and distraction” from the media coverage of his scandals.

One role Weiner still holds is that of father to son Jordan. Abedin said in her separation statement, “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life.”

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