Fox News has cut its ties with Bill O’Reilly, one of the networks most recognizable political pundits. The mutual break-up comes after O’Reilly has been publicly accused of sexual harassment by multiple women who once worked at the network.
Emphasis should be placed on “publicly” accused because it’s believed that FOX News has been paying women as much as a total of $13 million for years to cover up O’Reilly’s antics.
“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, said in a statement.
The decision to cancel The O’Reilly Factor isn’t all that surprising to anyone whose been watching the situation evolve from rumors to scandal as more accusations have mounted against both O’Reilly and the network and financial sponsors have dropped the show like a bad habit. But that didn’t stop O’Reilly’s critics from celebrating the moment on Twitter.
Regarding the news on O'Reilly, a day will come when rich men won't be able to buy their way out of criminal conduct & they will go to jail.
— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) April 20, 2017
Bill O'Reilly said Trayvon Martin died because he was wearing a hoodie and looked like a gangster. Today cable news is a better place.
— Christiana A Mbakwe (@Christiana1987) April 19, 2017
Bill O'Reilly. Bill Cosby. Billy Bush.
I'M THE ONLY GOOD BILLY ON TV!!!!!
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 19, 2017
It took at least five women speaking up, $13 mil in settlement money over the years and a NYT investigation to oust Bill O'Reilly.
— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) April 19, 2017
People who are having a waaaaaay different 2017 than they expected.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) April 19, 2017
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) April 19, 2017
Fox didn't abandon O'Reilly bc he assaulted women. Or bc they had to pay millions. They abandoned him when their advertisers abandoned them.
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 20, 2017
"It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims" – O'Reilly
If only there was a GIF that perfectly pic.twitter.com/KFZ2oYkrZE
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) April 19, 2017
It's official. Bill O'Reilly has been fired.
Activists did this. The organized pressure for companies to drop him was the direct cause.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 19, 2017