Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fox News to Fire O'Reilly for Sexual Harassment; NY Times Report of $13M Payoff Led to Downfall

Fox News Channel is preparing to end the 21-year tenure of Bill O'Reilly on its cable news amid a cascade of sexual harassment allegations by women co-workers, the Yahoo News website reports today (April 18, 2017).

O'Reilly's exit from the network he has been with almost since its inception is expected to be official later this week.

Like the ouster last summer of Fox News chairman-CEO Roger Ailes for sexually abusing several women co-workers, O'Reilly's downfall is a milestone for the industry and a signal of the second-generation leadership of Rupert Murdoch now steering Fox.

The current downfall for O'Reilly began April 1, 2017 when the New York Times published a report of $13 million in settlements that O'Reilly and Fox News had paid out to five women who accused O'Reilly of harassment, in order to keep them quiet. More than 60 advertisers defected from "The O'Reilly Factor" popular TV news show just days after the New York Times report.

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