The Fox News sexual harassment apparently didn’t end when Roger Ailes was ousted. It wasn’t long before Bill O’Reilly ended up facing sexual harassment accusations of his own. Now, it seems that he will be going off the air, and some people think it could be a permanent move.
After O’Reilly’s sexual harassment scandal hit the news, his show almost immediately got hit with an advertiser boycott. It’s been reported by the “New York Times” that O’Reilly paid $13 million to settle various sexual harassment claims against him.
Not long after this was revealed, O’Reilly announced that he will be taking a vacation for nearly two weeks.
However, O’Reilly also said this vacation had been planned since last fall, and a spokesperson for O’Reilly said that he often takes vacations around this time of year. It has also been noted that his spring vacations in the years past weren’t as long as this year’s vacation.
During the time he is gone, he will have various hosts standing in for him.
Fox News has confirmed that O’Reilly will return April 24th – but he may not be out of trouble just yet. Sources say Fox News could still remove him from the network.
Currently, the law firm that investigated Roger Ailes is doing a “deep dive” investigation into O’Reilly; specifically, they are focusing on accusations from former guest Wendy Walsh against him.
While sources say that Fox News President Bill Shine is working hard to keep O’Reilly, they also point out that the decision rests on the Murdoch family.
Allegedly, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch wants O’Reilly gone, while Rupert Murdoch wants him to stay, along with his son Lachlan.
The situation with Ailes last summer played out very similarly, with James wanting Ailes gone and Rupert fighting to keep him.
Currently, over three dozen advertisers are boycotting O’Reilly’s show, so various anonymous Fox staffers believe that O’Reilly’s time might be up.
“The assumption is that he’ll exit in a non-embarrassing way,” one of the staffers said.