Bill O’Reilly is leaving Fox News, according to a new report from New York Magazine, bringing the iconic hosts’ two-decade run at the network to an end.
As Gabe Sherman said in an earlier report, Murdoch sons James and Lachlan have wanted O’Reilly gone, but father Rupert was more committed to keeping him. But it appears that their father has now agreed on the host’s departure.
The announcement will reportedly come before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24.
As Sherman explains:
Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (O’Reilly’s ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing him to have a sign-off, sources say. The other main issue on the table is money. O’Reilly recently signed a new multiyear contract worth more than $20 million per year.
Yesterday, Drudge Report editor Matt Drudge send out a tweet implying that O’Reilly may be gone soon.
Names that have been floated to replace him include Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, and Tucker Carlson.
O’Reilly announced earlier this month that he was going on a two-week vacation, but it came amid a New York Times report detailing sexual misconduct allegations that have led to $13 million being paid out in settlements over the last decade.
Meanwhile, O’Reilly faced a new accusation on Tuesday, with attorney Lisa Bloom saying he used to leer at an African-American Fox News clerical worker, who remains anonymous and called her “hot chocolate.”
Bloom, the daughter of Gloria Allred, is also representing accuser Wendy Walsh.
Amid the tumult, O’Reilly has seen advertisers flee his flagship 8 p.m. ET program, although ratings have dipped in his absence.
Report from New York Magazine