After tons of speculation, the ax has finally come down on Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly.
In a statement, Fox News said, “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,” according to The New York Times.
O’Reilly is currently on a vacation scheduled previously. His last show aired on April 11.
From an internal Fox News memo, reported on by Newsweek, 21st Century Fox chiefs Rupert Murdoch and his two sons, James and Lachlan, said that “this decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel, and that they ”have full confidence that the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news. Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on values of trust and respect.”
Internal memo that the Murdochs just sent out to all staff at Fox News pic.twitter.com/PBeSR8zMEe
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 19, 2017
O’Reilly’s termination has come after two decades of working for the network. Recently, the anchor has been plagued with sexual harassment accusations, which culminated with a New York Times piece that revealed $13 million had been paid to multiple women who had accused O’Reilly of harassment.
Since the scandal broke nearly two weeks ago, more than 50 of O’Reilly’s sponsors have pulled their spots from his program, which had long been one of cable news’s highest rated programs.
O’Reilly has denied any wrongdoing and stayed relatively tight-lipped. His lawyer released a statement Tuesday night saying that all of the accusations against O’Reilly were part of a “smear campaign” facilitated by “far-left organizations bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons.”
O’Reilly’s departure comes on the heels of quite a couple of other Fox News departures, which includes Megyn Kelly, Greta Van Susteren and Roger Ailes being let go under similar circumstances to O’Reilly’s.
Details on the new, post-O’Reilly era Fox News lineup are rolling out gradually.
Rupert Murdoch has also released another statement regarding O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News:
Updated letter from Rupert Murdoch on O'Reilly exit. pic.twitter.com/uHkk8stYxl
— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) April 19, 2017