The Bill O’Reilly era on cable news is coming to a close. By week’s end, the self-proclaimed champion of ‘no spin’ news, who made a career claiming he looked out for ‘the folks,’ will be out at Fox News, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal late Tuesday evening.
Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, according to people close to the situation. A final decision on Mr. O’Reilly’s fate could come as early as the next several days, the people said. Mr. O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” has been ensnared in a sexual-harassment scandal related to previously undisclosed settlements he and Fox News paid to women who worked on or appeared on his program.
O’Reilly has been a fixture at Fox News since the network first went on the air in October of 1996. He’s also been the ratings champion of cable news for many of those years – something he was never shy about reminding anyone who would listen.
Last year, a steady drip of sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes surfaced, and, under unrelenting pressure, Rupert Murdoch stepped in and forced him to resign. Today, it looks like O’Reilly is about to meet the same fate – for the same reasons.
Last month, the New York Times released a damning report exposing O’Reilly’s own long, multi-million dollar history of sexual harassment settlements with Fox News employees. Within a week of the story’s publication, over half of O’Reilly Factor advertisers had their ads pulled from appearing during the show, and since the Times story broke, more of his victims have surfaced.
O’Reilly himself never addressed the allegations, or his show’s catastrophic loss of advertisers – not on the air or through his lawyers. Last week, he abruptly announced he was taking a two-week vacation, and rumors of his impending ouster have swirled in his absence.
Today, it appears they are rumors no more. As O’Reilly might say himself, “The spin stops here.”
via Occupy Democrats