Bill O’Reilly has been booted off Fox News.
The sometimes-combative TV-talk host’s demise came after more than a week of “vacation” away from the show after six women say he sexually harassed them.
Fox said in a statement:
“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”
Fox had just re-signed the 67-year-old O’Reilly to an undisclosed multi-million dollar, 3-year contract last month. In the past year, Fox has lost three of its prime-time show hosts, Greta Van Susteren, Megyn Kelly, and now O’Reilly.
But despite the losses, the network has continued to score record ratings.
The decision on the part of Rupert Murdoch and his two sons, James and Lachlan, comes with significant risk attached. “The O’Reilly Factor,” has been the network’s top-rated show for nearly 20 years, drawing an average of 4 million viewers per night – in the first 3 months of the year – a cable news record.
O’Reilly has settled 5 allegations of sexual harassment since 2002 for a hefty $13 million in exchange for the womens’ silence.
But a 6th woman, a former “O’Reilly Factor” guest named Wendy Walsh, alleged sexual harassment, but never sued.
Yesterday, a 7th, still anonymous woman filed a complaint with Fox.
Advertisers have fled the program, leaving it nearly sponsor-less for the last 2 weeks. Even a recent endorsement from President Trump couldn’t save O’Reilly.
O’Reilly has never admitted to any sort of harassment. In his only public statement on the matter two weeks ago, he said his fame had made him a target, and so he had been forced to settle the lawsuits to spare his children the negative publicity.
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