JUST IN: Fox News reportedly made it official this morning–Bill O’Reilly is fired after facing several accusations of sexual harassment.
His replacement has been confirmed to be one of three people: Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, or Tucker Carlson. The Murdochs are considering all three individuals, and will make their official announcement soon.
The Daily Mail reported:
Rupert Murdoch has decided to terminate the network’s most popular host in the wake of a recent wave of sexual harassment allegations and that the decision will be announced before he returns from vacation next week.
Rupert reportedly made this decision after being pressured by his two sons Lachlan and James according to sources.
O’Reilly had recently signed a multiyear contract worth over $20million a year.
Executives at Fox News are reportedly discussing the best way to sever ties with O’Reilly ahead of a 21st Century Fox board meeting on Thursday, during which O’Reilly is expected to be the primary talking point.
Attorney Lisa Bloom told The Hollywood Reporter that the woman in question worked for another network back in 2008 but had a desk near O’Reilly’s office, and claimed that he would refer to the African-American woman as ‘hot chocolate’ when he walked by during the day.
The woman is not asking for any money, just ‘accountability’ according to Bloom.
‘He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar,’ alleged Bloom on O’Reilly’s treatment of this latest alleged victim.
‘He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared.’
Marc E Kasowitz, attorney for Bill O’Reilly said in a statement: ‘Bill O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America.
‘This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by a far-left organization bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons.
‘That evidence will be put forth shortly and is irrefutable.’
O’Reilly had the highest rated cable show by far. It’s a shame that they’re going to fire him, when he is clearly being targeted for political reasons.
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