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Looks Like Bad News for Bill O’Reilly Fans

Last week, Bill O’Reilly announced he’d be taking a vacation he says has been scheduled since last fall. “I like to take time off around Easter, it’s calming” he told the audience.

The timing struck people as odd because O’Reilly had made that announcement on a Tuesday. He certainly was taking an early Easter break and many thought it had more to do with a New York Times report on April 1st that made public the fact that O’Reilly and Fox paid $13 million to five women as settlements for sexual harassment complaints. The show suffered an exodus of advertisers after the Times article ran.

New York Magazine added to the speculation, reporting that “according to four network sources, there’s talk inside Fox News that tonight’s show [last Tuesday’s] could be his last.” O’Reilly is still on vacation until next week, and according to Mediaite:

It now appears that per at least one source, the O’Reilly Factor host and the network are discussing an exit strategy. According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, he’s been told the conversations are taking place and an announcement of O’Reilly’s departure could come this week:

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.

Meanwhile, O’Reilly attorney released a statement today stating that his client is the victim of a political smear campaign from the far-left and likened it to McCarthyism.

H/T Mediaite

The lawsuits against O’Reilly were all settled, so there was no admission of guilt in the court of law. Regardless, it unfortunately doesn’t matter much whether or not he actually did what he was accused of. Sexual assault accusations are one of the few accusations that will stick with the alleged perpetrator – even if they’re cleared in a court of law.

O’Reilly could be completely innocent – but if his advertisers don’t care, it places pressure on Fox to can him.

Update: It seems the rumors were true. The decision has been made to end Bill O’Reilly’s relationship with Fox and network execs are preparing to make an announcement. Find out more at the Daily Intelligencer.

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  1. secularsceptic says:

    If Bill did not do what was alleged, he could clear it up quickly with public lie detector test with him and the accuser. Innocent people about to be charged with crimes do this all the time. You have your lawyer present, you have it video taped and then you just starting telling the truth to clear questions. Innocent people pass these tests and then they are not charged. People who know they are guilty will not do this, since they have the money to go to court, or attempt to smear the complainer. O’Reilly’ eagerness to settle is suspicious, but many of his accusers charges are mild, compared to what we know Bill Clinton did and lied about.

  2. Marlene says:

    As a Canadian, political and a female adult, mother of five who worked all my life in finance and lastly as a columnist – I do admire Mr. O’Reilly for his hard hitting news and interviews. AND, I pay to my local provider to enable to view FOX. Should Mr. O’Reilly be required to leave this organization I shall cancel my subscription to Shaw Cable. Women have charged many a media person with wrong doing most of which is untrue. Fox should remember that LOYALTY begins a home. Thank you.

  3. Arizona Don says:

    The left wing movement would do anything to get rid of anyone who is a friend of President Donald J Trump as well as the president himself. Make no mistake about that. Furthermore, all that has been heard to date is a bunch of accusations and innuendoes.

    It is people like O’Reilly, Hannity, Baer and to a lessor degree Tucker that put Fox on the map there is little doubt about that. On the business side of course Lou Dobbs could no doubt be next. The progressive communistic so called democrats hate him as well.

    It is hard to tell now-a-days what is BS and what is fact. Consequently, jumping to conclusions regarding Bill O’Reilly probably should not be done. However, if O’Reilly does leave that would leave Hannity, Tucker and on the Business side Lou Dobbs. If the left is behind this they are the ones they will go after next. Possibly one or two more. However, none are personal friends with President Trump as is Bill O’Reilly.

    The fact that sexual harassment stories have become considerably more frequent at Fox lately, since President Trump has taken office should, at the very minimum, give anyone pause regarding these accusations. Especially regarding personal friends of the president. However, if in fact this is fake news like so much else now I certainly hope Bill survives it if he desires to stay at Fox.

    1. Marlene says:

      Arizona Don. As a Canadian – cheers for your message. Would only wish the “Left’ would look to the wrong doings of those in the former administration, and, to George Soros who plays such a major part, as a mentor. Canadian politics also had such destructive forces working against our former Conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. Both Harper and Trump were and for the people and against the World Order organization. Thank you.

  4. AmericanBelle says:

    Evidently HP didn’t listen to Glen Beck this morning who read a letter from an attorney who goes about listening to every single word conservatives say, and then goes on an email campaign to all sponsors lying through his teeth saying Glenn said this or Bill did that. The letter was lengthy and went into great detail of how this guy caused Beck to leave Fox, and Beck says he’s now preying on O’Reilly, and when he’s done, Hannity will be next, and then Tucker… .