Bill O’Reilly & Fox News Part Ways in Midst of Sexual Harassment Scandal
Bill O’Reilly’s tenure at Fox News is at an end. Fox news has announced that the longtime political commentator is departing the company in the midst of a series of sexual harassment allegations. The company said in a 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.”
O’Reilly ends a twenty-one year tenure with the cable news network, where he was their biggest star via his The O’Reilly Factor show. It was the network’s top-rated program and featured his brash, un-PC commentary style.
In recent weeks, O’Reilly has been the subject of major controversy after a New York Times article revealed that he had settled with five women over sexual harassment allegations for a total of about $13 million. Since then, more women have come forward and over fifty advertisers have pulled their ads from his show. O’Reilly went on a previously-scheduled vacation that was to end on April 24th, but now Tucker Carlson will be moving from 9 PM to O’Reilly’s 8 PM timeslot.
O’Reilly responded to the announcement with his own statement, which you can read below:
“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.”