Bill O'Reilly Goes On Vacation, Will He Return?
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 8:26
But New York Magazine reports that four separate network sources said Tuesday's episode could be O'Reilly's final show on the network.
The report indicated that while Fox News co-president Bill Shine is hoping to keep O'Reilly, the decision is up to the Murdoch family.
The network's parent company, 21st Century Fox, said earlier this week that it has enlisted an outside law firm to investigate sexual harassment claims against O'Reilly, after one of the host's accusers called the corporate hotline to repeat her allegations.
The host's apparent vacation comes after dozens of companies have pulled advertisements from his show, demonstrating a mass exodus from the airwaves in the wake of news of the accusations against O'Reilly.
Announcing the break at the end of Tuesdays show, OReilly made a point of saying it was planned and long in the works.
Walsh said in the video that she declined O'Reilly's invitation and that soon after, he became "hostile" and told her she could forget about any career advice he had given previously, and that she was on her own. James Murdoch, an environmentalist and political moderate, clearly sees the writing on the wall and is attempting to drag his father's empire in the 21st century - and that means giving nasty bullies and misogynists like O'Reilly the boot as quickly as possible. The report detailed harassment allegations from Walsh, who said O'Reilly didn't deliver on a verbal job offer after she rejected his sexual advances.
A Fox News spokesperson would not comment on where O'Reilly and his family would be vacationing. No information was immediately available on how Fox will use his time slot. O'Reilly has denied the claims. O'Reilly has begun to bounce back - but with little apparent help from the premium advertisers who bolted his show.
"The O'Reilly Factor" is losing advertisers after it was revealed five women have collectively received $13 million in settlements after accusing Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct. Last week, The O'Reilly Factor averaged over 3.7 million total viewers, an increase of 28 percent over the previous week.