The Wall Street Journal confirms…
There has been lots of speculation about Bill O’Reilly never coming back to Fox News, but now we have even more reason to believe that his time is up. Last week there were sensational reports swirling around just because Bill went on vacation, but we here at ILMF didn’t bite on that story because we don’t want to sensationalize every single new piece of information that comes our way.
Now, however, the Wall Street Journal is CONFIRMING that Fox News is preparing to cut ties with O’Reilly for good amid more and more sexual harassment allegations.
“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.
Since an April 1 article in the New York Times detailing $13 million in settlements paid to five women who worked on or appeared on Mr. O’Reilly’s program, pressure has been growing on Fox News, both internally and from activists, to remove him.
Mr. O’Reilly has denied any wrongdoing, saying he paid settlements to “put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”
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.”
Fox News-parent 21st Century Fox and Wall Street Journal-parent News Corp share common ownership.
Mr. O’Reilly’s exit would be a stunning fall for a titan of cable news and would leave a prominent hole in the network’s prime-time lineup of conservative commentators. Fox News already had to replace another star early this year, Megyn Kelly, when she departed for NBC News. Her successor, Tucker Carlson, has fared well.”
What are your thoughts? Do you think Bill’s time is up?
It will be so sad to see him go. He is a man who is truly passionate about his work. Comment below with your thoughts…