O'Reilly takes break amid sponsor backlash

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly announced Tuesday he's taking a long-planned vacation, but NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported there's speculation the embattled star may be gone for good. "Put it to good use", he told his viewers on Tuesday's episode of "The O'Reilly Factor", Variety reported. "Last fall I booked a trip that should be terrific".

"We have produced an ad to educate Donald Trump to air during The O'Reilly Factor in NY aand D.C. We submitted it to stations on Friday, but weirdly, we haven't heard back from them since - which is a little surprising because we are one of the only advertisers offering to buy time on his show at the moment, said Oliver".

Although New York Magazine's sources say network co-president Bill Shine was attempting to save O'Reilly, the matter rests exclusively on the shoulders of the Murdoch family, which includes Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox News, and James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox CEO.

An ad for Bill O'Reilly's top-rated Fox News show stares back at passersby outside the News Corp. headquarters in New York City earlier this month.

Fox News has announced that it is conducting an independent inquiry into allegations that O'Reilly harassed Wendy Walsh, a Los Angeles radio personality and former guest on The O'Reilly Factor.

Mercedes-Benz was the first advertiser to pull its support and was followed by dozens more, including Subaru, BMW, Lexus, Advil, Bayer, Jenny Craig and Ancestry.com.

O'Reilly is expected to return to the airwaves on April 24.

Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in NY.

Bill O'Reilly may be out at Fox News.

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But four network sources told Sherman that there is talk inside Fox News that Monday's show could be his last. More than 60 advertisers publicly confirmed last week that they would not advertise during "The O'Reilly Factor".

"I shouldn't be laughing, but it's just so weird", said the Fox News host as he watched the video of security guards violently dragging a man off the plane. The anchor regularly attracts more than 3 million viewers to his 8 p.m. program, setting up an audience that is can be funneled throughout the cable-news outlet's primetime lineup.

O'Reilly previously dismissed the charges in a statement posted to his official site soon after the report was published.

  • Salvatore Jensen