Bill O’Reilly Done at Fox News
After an increased roller coaster of drama over the past few months at Fox News, Bill O’Reilly’s tenure there has now officially been canceled.
Information is still being collected, but it can be surmised that the past allegations got to be too much for the media company.
Fox News is cutting ties with Bill O’Reilly, the biggest star in its 20-year history, after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior prompted the network to end his program. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations,” parent company 21st Century Fox said in a statement, “the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”
O’Reilly had taken a vacation to possibly let the situation cool down, but it seems like Fox jumped on the opportunity to make the transition out. There had been multiple allegations of sexual harassment which lead to advertisers pulling their advertising. This has been the main method to put pressure on companies lately, as Youtube has also seen for example.
O’Reilly Disliked Among Fox News Staff
It was also widely reported that he was disliked within the network, as reported here:
Employees are particularly irked by the company’s defense of O’Reilly because he is widely disliked within the network. The accusations against O’Reilly detailed in the recent New York Times report include descriptions of what sources described as volatile behavior — from his allegedly berating a young producer in 2002 to his allegedly becoming hostile with one woman who rebuffed his advances in 2013.
Although most of what I found seems to reflecting equally on how Fox News handled sexual harassment as well as O’Reilly himself. However if you look into the New York Times article, which reports this:
Bill O’Reilly, of Fox News, reaches five settlements after allegations of sexual harassment, and women flood the internet with raw memories of everyday humiliations at work, from leering bosses to crude attacks. […] And even after Fox pledged that demeaning behavior toward women would no longer be tolerated, two more settlements were reached concerning Mr. O’Reilly.
Interspersed there are allegations and how coworkers disliked him, but all allegations seemed to have been settled. I am reminded of instances with other companies and agencies, where the issue is as much about who allegedly did it, but why it couldn’t have been prevented. As well as questions such as, “Why there wasn’t a safe environment to work at in the first place.” With all cases being settled and O’Reilly being released, hopefully that discussion can happen now.
No replacement to O’Reilly has been named, but some names have started to trickle up to the top already by fans of The Factor. It is also too early to tell if O’Reilly has another show lined up for himself, as this was very unexpected. Hopefully there will be more official information soon.
Bill O’Reilly has made an official statement on the topic of his release from Fox News.
“Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television.”
O’Reilly continued to state.
“It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.”
This of course still confuses me, as all claims were settled instead of being disputed. Regardless, he continues…
“But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.
Still no words on what his next steps are going to be or who will be taking his spot on Fox. Or what actions, whether the allegations were true or false, will be taken to make sure this situation isn’t just repeated again. Hopefully more soon.