Carl’s Jr. CEO Andrew Puzder has officially withdrawn his nomination for President Donald Trump’s labor secretary after receiving little to no support for the role. The news comes after Puzder’s past came into question in the form of an interview his ex-wife had on the Oprah Winfrey Show over domestic violence accusations.
Puzder and a senior administration official confirmed the news to CNN on Wednesday (Feb. 15). Although his confirmation hearing was scheduled for Thursday (Feb. 16), Puzder had four confirmed “no’s” from the Republicans. The businessman would have needed 50 votes to pass.
Reports of domestic violence surfaced after a report from Politico last month. Winfrey herself turned over the 27-year-old episode that featured his ex-wife Lisa Fierstein to senators on Tuesday (Feb. 14). In a segment called “High-Class Battered Women,” Fierstein claimed Puzder was physically abusive and told her, “I will see you in the gutter. This will never be over. You will pay for this.”