Though Bill O'Reilly has been the subject of sexual harassment lawsuits for years, with the ousting of predatory Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, gasbaggy old white men are getting more attention for their creepy ways recently. A few weeks ago, The New York Times published a piece on the enormous number of settlements made by O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox to make these lawsuits go away. This led to dozens of advertisers pulling money from his show.
Many wondered if O'Reilly could weather yet one more storm of bad press, but the answer is "no." The corporation likely took a long, hard look at these allegations and decided it was time to cancel this dude. In an internal memo, the Murdochs wrote to Fox staff that O'Reilly was O'Fired.
Their full statement gives O'Reilly a ratings shout-out on the way out, instead of a kick in the ass, but he is definitely gone:
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.
And the Internet is celebrating:
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