Bill O'Reilly to receive maximum of one year salary
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 1:50
On Wednesday, 21st Century Fox officially fired longtime Fox News primetime star Bill O'Reilly after repeated allegations of sexually harassing women. 21st Century Fox said Wednesday O'Reilly would not be returning to Fox News following a New York Times report that O'Reilly and Fox had settled five cases of sexual harassment allegations for about $13 million.
A day after his ouster from Fox News over allegations of sexual harassment, Bill O'Reilly remains a popular author on Amazon.com.
Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, called the payout for O'Reilly "obscene". And though it initially seemed like 21st Century Fox was standing by O'Reilly after the report broke out, the network has now announced officially that the host is out at Fox News.
"He doesn't think sexual harassment is wrong", Bloom said. "Until that happens, no advertiser should waste their money on this troubled network". "Life is changing for women". After all, Roger Ailes is said to have walked away with $40 million after his sexual harassment scandal. "He's been the linchpin" of the lineup, said Jane Hall, an American University professor and former Fox contributor, who noted that it will take a while to see whether his loyal audience sticks with O'Reilly's replacement.
Now that O'Reilly has been forced out of Fox News Channel, it remains unclear if the network will be paying him some form of severance. Did Fox overreact? Did O'Reilly deserve the boot?
While that comparison may be a bit overblown, it's a safe bet that Tucker Carlson (even with a Trump-friendly format) will have trouble maintaining O'Reilly's level of viewership. Exactly two weeks later, O'Reilly was dismissed.
It is unclear what Mr O'Reilly will do next - or if he will contest the terms of his exit. In recent weeks, The New York Times revealed that O'Reilly and the network had reached settlements with five women who had complained against him, with compensation totaling nearly $13 million. Burgess is the woman whose claims that O'Reilly called her "hot chocolate" became public earlier this week. Her suit alleged that Ailes had harassed her during her time at the network, charges that he denied. Fox is in the midst of trying to secure the British government's approval of its proposed $14-billion takeover of Sky, the profitable European pay-TV service. Fox now owns 39% of Sky but wants to fully control it.
When Ailes was sued, Fox asked the law firm Paul, Weiss to conduct an internal investigation.