VIDEO: Top dollar US TV personality sent home over sexual harassment claims
BY BMJ MURIITHI
One of the highest paid media personalities in the US, Bill O’Reily has finally quit Fox News after the network announced Thursday that it was cutting ties with him.
His contract was severed after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior forced the mother company -Fox 2oth Century to end his program, ‘The O’Reilly Factor,’ which aired at prime time on week days.
O’Reily, who has reportedly been earning over 20 million dollars a year is without a doubt the biggest star in Fox Network’s its 20-year history.
“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations,” parent company 21st Century Fox said in a statement, “the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” read as statement released by Fox.
O’Reilly’s has had a long reign as the top-rated host in cable news.
On April 1st, The New York Times reported that the embattled talk show host or Fox had paid $13 million to settle five cases against him alleging sexual or other harassment.
Soon after, more than 50 advertisers withdrew from his prime-time show.
Fox News reported that 21st Century Fox thereafter asked a law firm to investigate a complaint from a woman who claimed that O’Reilly “disinvited” her from his show after she turned down his invitation to visit his hotel room.
On Wednesday, Access Hollywood reported that O’Reily had earned Fox over $400 million in a span of few years.
O’Reilly received the news of the termination of his contract while in Vatican, where, according to aphotoi posted by Reuters, he h]met with Pope Francis. Below is a copy of the letter sent to him by the Mr Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the Fox Company.
The letter terminating the network’s most popular host in a letter on Wednesday afternoon was also signed by his two sons, Lachlan and James, who reportedly pressured their dad to take the action.
Soon after an unapologetic O’Reilly sent out the following message:
‘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 at 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.’
Who is Bill O’Reilly?
William James “Bill” O’Reilly Jr hosted the political commentary program The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News (1996–2017). During the late 1970s and 1980s, he worked as a news reporter for various local television stations in the United States and eventually for CBS News and ABC News. He anchored the news magazine program Inside Edition (1989–1995).
O’Reilly is widely considered a conservative commentator, although some of his positions diverge from conservative orthodoxy. He is registered as a member of the Independence Party of New York and was formerly registered as a Republican. He is the author of over a dozen books and hosted The Radio Factor (2002–2009).
You can learn more on his website here.