Fox News will sever ties with Bill O’Reilly in light of numerous sexual harassment charges. The Washington Examiner, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal (among others) are reporting that the announcement will be made soon:
“Fox News is preparing to cut ties with star anchor Bill O’Reilly, according to people close to the situation, after revelations that he and Fox parent 21st Century Fox settled multiple sexual harassment complaints led to an exodus of advertisers from his show and mounting pressure on the network.
“A final resolution on the fate of Mr. O’Reilly, host of the “The O’Reilly Factor,” could come as early as the next several days, the people said.
“21st Century Fox, which will hold a board meeting Thursday, hasn’t finalized an exit agreement with Mr. O’Reilly, the people close to the situation said.”
The scandal began on April 1 when a New York Times Article revealed O’Reilly has paid $13 million in five settlements for sexual harassment. Advertisers have been leaving the show in droves and O’Reilly has been on ‘vacation’ since April 11. O’Reilly has defended himself and calls the attacks “character assassination:”
“On Tuesday, an attorney for Mr. O’Reilly said the host has ‘been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America’ and added that he has ‘evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O’Reilly and Fox News for political and financial reasons.’
The O’Reilly factor has ruled cable news for years. He draws nearly 4 million viewers every night and makes $20 million a year. At 67 years old, he hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. He recently renewed his contract with Fox News.
The final announcement was made today in a memo distributed to colleagues at Fox News: