FOX News Gives Bill O’Reilly His Walking Papers…Finally
It looks like 2017 is turning the tables on controversial conservative news pundits.
First, Tomi Lahren is no longer allowed to do her online show for the The Blaze, and now, longtime FOX News political commentator, Bill O’Reilly has been let go from the network he’s been a part of for 20 years.
Amid backlash due to decades-long allegations of sexual harassment, it was announced on Thursday FOX News was cutting ties with O’Reilly. The network was backed into a corner and was forced to take some sort of action due to not only public outrage but sponsors dropping their advertisements from “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“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.”
21st Century Fox released a statement, saying, “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.”
O’Reilly, 67, had not been on the air since April 11 because he was on a vacation, which he says was pre-planned.
After his firing was announced, O’Reilly put out a statement of his own: “Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television. It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.”
Allegations against the veteran political commentator date back to 2002, when he settled a lawsuit with a junior producer at FOX News. Then in 2004, another FOX News producer, Andrea Mackris, filed a lawsuit saying she was sexually harassed and threatened by O’Reilly who was married at the time.
According to the New York Times, Mackris settled with O’Reilly for $9 million. O’Reilly and his bosses have given $13 million to five women in exchange that they don’t sue or speak about the cases. These women have been both guests and employees on O’Reilly’s show and allege they were victims of lewd comments, verbal abuse and unwanted sexual advances.
Not only was there sexual assault, but racial harassment. A Black clerical worker says she was the victim of “sexual and racial harassment” after O’Reilly referred to her as “hot chocolate” in 2008.
O’Reilly may be out of a job for now, but it’s possible once the dust settles from this latest scandal, he’ll have another opportunity to share his “views.”