FACTOR OUT! Fox News Fires Bill O’Reilly Over Sexual Harassment Scandal
According to the LA Times, Fox News has officially cut ties with its biggest prime time star, Bill O’Reilly over sexual harassment claims from several women. Media experts say that without O’Reilly’s program, the network’s ratings might drop by 25 percent.
In a statement on Wednesday, 21st Century Fox said that “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 — the network’s signature talent who used his cable news fame to become a best-selling author, live tour attraction and TV producer — has been off the air since April 12. He was scheduled to return from a vacation Monday, but a permanent replacement is expected to be named for his time period before that time.
The star’s behavior has been under scrutiny since an April 1 report in the New York Times that said he and Fox News had paid $13 million in settlements against women who have accused him of sexual harassment or abusive behavior going back to 2002. As a result, advertisers moved their spots out of “The O’Reilly Factor,” which has the highest ratings in cable news.