This is huge news. Bill O’Reilly has been with FOX News since it launched in 1996. His show has been the top rated cable news program on TV for years. This is like dropping a nuclear bomb on the political media world.
The New York Times reports:
Bill O’Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News
Bill O’Reilly has been forced out of his position as a prime-time host on Fox News, the company said on Wednesday, after the disclosure of settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him. His abrupt and embarrassing ouster ends his two-decade reign as one of the most popular and influential commentators in television.
“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,” 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, said in a statement.
Mr. O’Reilly is departing two and a half weeks after an investigation by The New York Times revealed how Fox News and 21st Century Fox had repeatedly stood by him even as sexual harassment allegations against him mounted. The Times found that the company and Mr. O’Reilly had reached settlements with five women who had complained about sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by him. The agreements totaled about $13 million.
Left wingers at Media Matters will rejoice over this news. They’ve been after O’Reilly for years.
Millions of O’Reilly Factor fans will be angry, however.
It’s the end of an era.