Bill O’Reilly Ousted at Fox News
In a stunning but not all that surprising development, Fox News has announced it is letting Bill O’Reilly go. As liberals across the country celebrate, Cable News’s most viewed host is packing his things for good.
Reacting to a New York Times story that highlighted how Fox News has spent over $13 million settling at least 5 sexual harassment claims again O’Reilly, the Murdoch family released a statement today informing staff and the world of the media shakeup.
Here is the full memo sent by Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch:
We’d like to address questions about Bill O’Reilly’s future at Fox News. After a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr. O’Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel.
This decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.
By ratings standards, Bill O’Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news. In fact, his success by any measure is indisputable. Fox News has demonstrated again and again the strength of its talent bench. We 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 the values of trust and respect.
O’Reilly is by far the most watched show on Cable News garnering between 3-4 million viewers per night during his one hour 8pm time slot. On the air since year 1996, O’Reilly has been the leading voice for conservative, fire brand, cable news commentary.
The new lineup will see Tucker Carlson moving from 9pm to O’Reilly’s 8m slot. Sean Hannity remains at 10pm while Fox’s panel show, “The Five,” which will be co-anchored by Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Bob Beckel, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters and Juan Williams will slide in at 9pm.