Back in October of 1996 Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of the then startup Fox News Channel, hired Bill O’Reilly as anchor of The O’Reilly Report. What a run it has been since that hire.
What a run.
Now more than 20 years later and many, many years as the nation’s highest rated cable news program, Bill O’Reilly appears to be on his way out. And unfortunately for him, it’s probably not the kind of exit he envisioned.
Wall Street Journal reports:
Fox News is preparing to cut ties with star anchor Bill O’Reilly, according to people close to the situation, after revelations that he and Fox parent 21st Century Fox settled multiple sexual harassment complaints led to an exodus of advertisers from his show and mounting pressure on the network.
A final resolution on the fate of Mr. O’Reilly, host of the “The O’Reilly Factor,” could come as early as the next several days, the people said.
21st Century Fox, which will hold a board meeting Thursday, hasn’t finalized an exit agreement with Mr. O’Reilly, the people close to the situation said.
This isn’t yet confirmed, but the Wall Street Journal isn’t the only prominent source reporting the upcoming departure.
LibertyNEWS.com believes this is all the result of a witch hunt started by liberal media outlets and organizations. The settlements are not in dispute, but to this day we’ve not seen proof of actual harassment.
But in this day and time perception often becomes reality. And Fox News does not appear willing to fight what the perception has become.