Fox News' Bill O'Reilly announced Tuesday night that he is going on vacation, days after the network's parent company said it has hired an outside firm to investigate sexual harassment claims against the star host.
O'Reilly has been under scrutiny since April 1, when the New York Times detailed the host's settlements of harassment allegations with five women totaling at least $13 million. But they both returned as scheduled, and stayed with the network for months to years; New York's Daily Intelligencer, citing four network sources, says O'Reilly may not be back.
Bill O'Reilly may be out at Fox News. However, when she refused his invitation to go to his hotel room after the dinner, Mr. O'Reilly's attitude towards her changed, and she was eventually dropped from the TV program.
Although New York Magazine's sources say network co-president Bill Shine was attempting to save O'Reilly, the matter rests exclusively on the shoulders of the Murdoch family, which includes Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox News, and James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox CEO. The Murdochs declined to comment to the magazine. They are pulling ads from The O'Reilly Factor in droves, with big names like Advil, GlaxoSmithKline, and Mercedes-Benz joining in the boycott.
21st Century Fox will investigate allegations of sexual abuse by Bill O'Reilly, according to civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom and reported by CNN on Sunday.
Dozens of companies have pulled ads from "The O'Reilly Factor" following his sexual harassment allegations, but John Oliver wants to buy airtime! The show drew more than 3.76 million viewers on the April 4 show - a 20% increase from the previous week. O'Reilly's show was the second most popular show on cable television last week, topped only by USA Network's Monday Night Raw.
As O'Reilly prepared to introduce Fox correspondent Rob Schmidt to talk about the situation, he chuckled and said, "I shouldn't be laughing, but it's just so freakish". "The vacation involves a group of people, and the timing coincides with the period Mr. O'Reilly often takes off in and around his children's spring break", Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for O'Reilly, reportedly said in an emailed statement.