It’s been a big news day with regard to the future of Bill O’Reilly on Fox News. We’ve heard reports that the Murdochs want to drop him and that 21st Century Fox will have a board meeting to discuss his employment.
Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that O’Reilly will indeed be ousted from his position at Fox News.
Breaking: Fox News is preparing to cut ties with Bill O'Reilly in wake of sexual-harassment allegations https://t.co/CbZedDSgYm
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 19, 2017
Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, according to people close to the situation.
A final decision on Mr. O’Reilly’s fate could come as early as the next several days, the people said. Mr. O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” has been ensnared in a sexual-harassment scandal related to previously undisclosed settlements he and Fox News paid to women who worked on or appeared on his program.
The WSJ article rehashes a bit of what we already know: 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, will hold a board meeting to discuss O’Reilly’s future, and that a decision could come within the next few days.
What makes the WSJ article so significant is that they and Fox are part of Newscorp, marking this article the first piece of the Murdoch empire to say O’Reilly is gone. That is much bigger than CNN, a rival of Fox News, or New York Magazine reporting on the rumors surrounding the negotiations.
It appears that by the end of the week, if not sooner, we’ll know if there is an opening in Fox News’ prime time lineup.