Bill O’Reilly leaves Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations
The vile, hate spewing O’Reilly has had his show cancelled amid a cloud of sexual harassment allegations toward the conservative broadcaster.
“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 said.
It is unclear if Fox News is paying O’Reilly. The host is presumably owed tens of millions of dollars under the terms of his multi-year contract, though it is not clear what sort of clauses the contract may have contained to allow Fox News to get out of the deal.
O’Reilly’s departure was precipitated by a New York Times report earlier this month that O’Reilly, Fox and 21st Century Fox had reached settlements totaling $13 million with five women who had accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment or verbal abuse. In the wake of the Times’ report, at least 60 advertisers told Fox to remove their commercials from “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Still, this is a turn of events that was unthinkable even three weeks ago, and it is unknown how O’Reilly will respond to Fox’s decision. His representatives have not yet commented, but his lawyer indicated that a statement would be forthcoming.
In a letter to employees obtained by CNN, 21st Century Fox patriarch Rupert Murdoch said the decision “follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.”
I think we can all celebrate the fact that this hate-spewing, vile bully won’t be infiltrating our airwaves anymore.