Bill O’Reilly Out
Fox News officially announced on Wednesday, that they are parting ways with Bill O’Reilly. Parent company, 21st Century Fox, has settled several sexual harassment lawsuits in recent weeks and more allegations have continued to surface. O’Reilly has been with the network over 20 years and is undoubtedly the biggest star they have ever had. His show, “The O’Reilly Factor”, consistently held the top spot on cable.
“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations,” parent company 21st Century Fox said in a statement, “the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.” O’Reilly left on vacation last week and met with Pope Francis, where he was likely seeking spiritual advice on his situation.
To date, $13 million dollars has been paid out to settle five cases against him for sexual or other types of harassment. When accusations began to surface, more than 50 advertisers withdrew from his primetime show, forcing Fox to reevaluate the relationship. His departure comes less than a year after CEO, Roger Ailes, was also forced out due to sexual harassment claims from Gretchen Carlson and several others.
However, the 67-year old has continued to deny the allegations against him, accusing his opponents of creating a…
A blunt statement from his lawyer, issued after Fox’ announcement, read in part that O’Reilly “has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America.” Despite the allegations, Fox had recently signed a multi-year contract with O’Reilly.
In an effort to maintain their high ratings absent O’Reilly, his top spot will now be filled by their second biggest draw, Tucker Carlson. On May 1st, “Five” member Eric Bolling will debut a one-hour program at 5 p.m., and Martha MacCallum will make her “First 100 Days” show permanent at 7 p.m.-according to Fox.