What took so damn long? Fox News has confirmed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the network.
This turn of events is thanks to all the sexual harassment allegations that O’Reilly and Fox settled. Not, for example, him being a racist and bigoted blowhard, since that did bring in the ratings.
Reports the New York Times:
Bill O’Reilly has been forced out of his position as a prime-time host on Fox News, the company said on Wednesday, after the disclosure of multiple settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him. His ouster brings an abrupt and embarrassing end to his two-decade reign as one of the most popular and influential commentators in television.
“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,” 21st Century Fox, Fox News’s parent company, said in a statement.
Mr. O’Reilly’s departure comes two and a half weeks after an investigation by The New York Times revealed how Fox News and 21st Century Fox had repeatedly stood by Mr. O’Reilly even as sexual harassment allegations piled up against him. The Times found that the company and Mr. O’Reilly reached settlements with five women who had complained about sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by him. The agreements totaled about $13 million.
Oh yeah, the Russian agent in the White House defended Bill O’Reilly.
All that said, peep the reactions to Billy O getting the boot below and on the following pages.
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