Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox News after a swirling sexual harassment scandal refused to let up on its primetime star.
“After a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr. O’Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement Wednesday.
An internal statement by the company’s executives added that the decision followed “an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.”
Signed by Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch, the statement also acknowledged O’Reilly as “one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news” of “indisputable” success.
The announcement followed hours of intense speculation that O’Reilly was finally on his way out, first triggered by a New York Times article earlier this month that revealed Fox and O’Reilly had settled multiple sexual harassment claims with a number of women, totaling in the millions of dollars.
O’Reilly is currently on vacation in Italy and had been scheduled to return Monday.
His ousting comes after two decades of anchoring his highly rated program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” which reportedly brought in millions of dollars of revenue for Fox.
After the Times’ initial report on all the harassment claims, advertisers began fleeing the “Factor” enmasse.
It’s unclear what O’Reilly will do going forward. He is a prolific bestselling author, newspaper columnist and heads a personal website with original video content.
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