Don’t expect to see Ken Baker on the small screen anymore.
The “E! News” correspondent left the network without a trace and now lives in Chicago, where he runs the digital marketing agency Something Clever. In October, a report said that a former E! intern claimed Baker forcibly kissed her in 2011 and propositioned her for sex. She also said the journalist sent her a text message in 2015 about giving her a sex toy.
Another ex-E! employee alleged Baker asked her to sit on his lap in 2012.
In a new interview with Patch, the 47-year-old said his departure from Hollywood to the Midwest has to do with his kids and his spirituality.
“I loved my time at E!, but through writing ‘The Ken Commandments’ I determined that my work gossiping about celebrities no longer aligned with my spiritual values,” Baker told the local publication. “And with the kids wanting to take their hockey to the next level and shoot for college scholarships, it was the perfect time to make the move.”
Baker referenced the accusations leveled against him but said they had nothing to do with his decision to change careers, saying that he and E! had “mutually agreed” to part ways.
“E! was awesome and put out a statement saying it had nothing to do with the gossip,” he said. “But, still, I was like, ‘Oh, great. Just as I am embarking on a new phase, I have to deal with people literally throwing past things out there to hurt me.’ I felt terrible about the whole thing and the hardest part was not knowing where it was coming from.”
An E! spokesperson told Page Six on Wednesday, “The Company and Mr. Baker mutually agreed that he will not be returning to his role on ‘E! News.’ We will not be commenting further.”
This story originally appeared in The New York Post