The Bill O’Reilly-Era Is Officially Over At Fox News

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04.19.17 19 Comments


It’s official: Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox News.

The announcement came from News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, who released the following 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.”

Following reports from both New York and the Wall Street Journal, O’Reilly’s termination isn’t exactly a surprise, although as the Hollywood Reporter pointed out, The O’Reilly Factor “has been the No. 1 show in cable news for 15 consecutive years bringing in more than $400 million in ad revenue between 2014 and 2016 and $118 million in the first three quarters of 2016.” That’s why Fox News was willing to pay $13 million in settlements to five women who accused O’Reilly of “verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances, and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating.” But once advertisers started fleeing by the dozen, Murdoch cut all ties.

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