Bill O'Reilly is done and will not return from his "vacation" as allegations of multiple sexual harassment claims are actually affecting FOX News advertisers. It's finally gotten to the point where the Murdoch family that owns FOX are kicking him to the curb.
A well-placed source said Tuesday afternoon that representatives for Fox and O'Reilly have begun talking about an exit. But this prompted a denial from sources in O'Reilly's camp.
Even one person close to O'Reilly, however, said he will probably not be back on "The O'Reilly Factor."
The original well-placed source said an announcement about O'Reilly's fate was likely by the end of the week.
The fact that none of these sources were willing to go on the record speaks to the delicate maneuvering underway.
The network's parent company, 21st Century Fox (FOX), will hold a board meeting on Thursday, a spokeswoman told CNNMoney. One of the sources said O'Reilly will be a primary topic.
The Murdochs, the men who control 21st Century Fox, are pointedly not commenting on any of this.
But conversations inside Fox have already turned to possible O'Reilly successors.
Meanwhile new harassment claims are becoming public this week as advertisers are beginning to flee the network.
Attorney Lisa Bloom said Tuesday that she is representing a new woman making a complaint of sexual and racial harassment against O’Reilly, claiming that he made offensive gestures toward her and called her “hot chocolate.” O’Reilly’s lawyer called the claim “outrageous” and blasted the fact that it was made by an anonymous woman.
“It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened almost a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially where there is obviously an orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity-driven donations,” said attorney Marc Kasowitz.
The last thing FOX wants is a lengthy trial getting headline news, so FOX News pulled the plug on him this afternoon.
BREAKING: Bill O'Reilly OUT pic.twitter.com/oJ9QPeRo27— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) April 19, 2017
That's not exactly fair, this asshole deserves to get roasted and lose it all, plus some nice lengthy prison time for sexual assault (and I hope that's still coming) but being sued into oblivion works for me. He's long been a cancer on news and I'll be glad when he's excised like the tumor he is.
Bye bye, BillO.