It’s the end of an era!
Fox News’ most popular longtime host, Bill O’Reilly, is reportedly on his way out the door at Fox News. The impetus to see him leave now has been the most recent sex scandal that the host has found himself embroiled in. Apparently, the Murdock family is no longer willing to deal with the constant rumors and accusations that seem to swirl around their embattled host.
New York magazines Gabriel Sherman writes that his sources tell him the move will come soon because the network wants to cut ties with the host before his vacation comes to an end on April 24th.
Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.
Sources briefed on the discussions say O’Reilly’s exit negotiations are moving quickly. Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (O’Reilly’s ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing him to have a sign-off, sources say.
Sherman also writes that Tucker Carlson will move into the 8pm time slot, and The Five will move from 5pm to 9pm.