After two very bad weeks of sexual allegation claims for Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, rival cable news channel CNN reports that he has been fired. “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,” the official statement reads. 21st Century Fox leader Rupert Murdoch and his sons Lachlan and James reportedly made the decision following an “extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.” Do YOU think O’Reilly should have lost his job over the sexual harassment controversy? Be sure to vote in our poll below.
The successful political commentator joined Fox News in October 1996 where he hosted “The O’Reilly Factor” for 21 years. Known for its right-wing stance, “The O’Reilly Factor” was one of cable TV’s highest-rated news programs for much of the past decade.
It remains to be seen what Fox News will do with the time slot now that O’Reilly has been ousted, though CNN reports Tucker Carlson will fill in for the time being. Likely influencing the decision to say goodbye to O’Reilly was the fact that many sponsors had begun pulling their ads from the program, a death knell for commercial television.
Even though O’Reilly’s night job has come to an end, he is still a successful author and producer, so he shouldn’t be out of work for too long. His recent books “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Jesus” were so successful that they were made into telefilms that were nominated for Best TV Movie at the Emmy Awards. “Killing Kennedy” lost to “The Normal Heart” in 2014, while “Killing Jesus” lost to “Bessie” in 2015.
O’Reilly’s buddy President Donald Trump has yet to tweet about the news, though Trump did declare earlier this month, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”