Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta claimed he was doing 45,000 members of staff “a favor” by laying them off quickly as the Houston Rockets mogul discussed the impact of the coronavirus crisis on his restaurant and casino empire.

Fertitta, 62, said he was “holding up pretty damn good” when discussing the affects of the Covid-19 on Fox News at the weekend.

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The magnate, who has been dubbed ‘The World’s Richest Restaurateur’ through his Landry’s Inc. eating and hospitality empire, said the US had to get back to work as soon as possible, describing the situation as “like a sci-fi movie you would never believe.”

But his comments on doing staff a favor by sending them to the front of the jobs line did not sit well with many on social media.

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