Fox parts ways with host Bill O’Reilly following Sexual harassment allegations
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has parted ways with star cable news host Bill O’Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, the company said on Wednesday.
“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,” the conservative network’s parent said in a statement.
The decision, coming after advertisers had begun to flee his show, ends a more than 20-year career at Fox News for O’Reilly, a best-selling author as well as one of the most popular commentators on U.S. television.
In an internal memo to Fox News employees seen by Reuters, Rupert Murdoch called O’Reilly “one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news.”
Murdoch, who is executive chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox, also wrote the company is committed to “fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect.”
O’Reilly, who has been off the air on vacation since April 11, said in a written statement he was proud of the “unprecedented success” at Fox.
“It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today,” O’Reilly said in the statement, which was emailed by crisis communications expert Mark Fabiani.