Bill is accused by five women of having committed sexual harassment, to whom he paid a total of $13 million in an out of court settlement, as rich people tend to do.
O'Reilly had first been accused of sexual harassment in 2004 and paid $9 million out of court to Andrea Mackris. Similar out of court settlements were made with former Fox hosts Juliet Huddy and Andrea Tantaros.
O'Reilly has released the following statement regarding the incident:
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. 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. 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.
Tucker Carlson, who I've never heard of until today, will be given O'Reilly's 8 PM slot. He seems calm and unimpressive.
My question is why now? If O'Reilly harassed these women years ago why is he being fired now? Why is he being fired while on vacation when he cannot respond to the allegations on his show? Perhaps in days to come we will find out more.