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VIDEO: Top dollar US TV personality sent home over sexual harassment claims

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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 JamesBillO’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.

 

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‘I did not cheat in my marriage’ Jackie Matubia opens up

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Former Tahidi High actress Jackie Matubia has refuted claims that she cheated on her baby daddy and ex-husband Nyogz while still married.

Speaking during an interview with Masswe Japanni, Matubia shared

‘ I released myself from my marriage last year, when I told my mum about is she was afraid that history would repeat itself.

This is because she had been previously married but got divorced.

Our marriage broke because we rushed into it, we had no one to guide us.’

J Matubia

Matumbi added that the separation really affected their daughter.

‘The breakup really affected our child ,she would constantly cry. My baby daddy asked for forgiveness so many times.’

She also refuted claims that there was infidelity in her marriage

‘It’s a lie, there is no way one can go cheating when they know very well they are married.’

A radio Jambo fan joked that she should try Patanisho a segment that brings people together but she rejected the offer.

‘No thanks, but thank you for thinking about me.’

According A city woman who did not want to be identified she did not know Nyogz (Matubia’s ex) was a married man with a kid.

The lady revealed she met with the actress’ baby daddy on dating site Tinder and they immediately kicked off after exchanging numbers.

”We met on Tinder, after a while he asked for my number and since he never used to log in on the app regularly.

I gave it to him. So we started talking and that is when he lured me and I agreed, I guess I was so high then,” she revealed.

Jackie now says that at the time the two of them had already broken up.

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‘Crystal Asige is no longer working with us,’ Bien of Sauti Sol reveals

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Sauti Sol have opened up on breaking up with Crystal Asige, the only female artiste to have been featured in Sol Generation.

Asige, who is a visually impaired artiste, captivated many when she featured in the jam ‘Extravaganza’.

Speaking exclusively to Mpasho at a press conference Bien said,

‘We are not working with Crystal anymore and this came with a lot of complications.

It was an amicable break and we are glad we gave her a platform.’

Speaking in a past interview, Crystal Asige said she wanted to be remembered as a good songwriter.

Speaking to Word Is, she said,

“I ALSO WANT TO SHOW YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, ESPECIALLY GIRLS AND BOYS, THAT ALL ONE NEEDS IS HARD WORK.”

She says in every artiste’s life, a lot happens behind the scene but the end product is what attracts the audience.

“No matter the struggles, press on.”

Crystal was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease as a teenager. She says the condition has taught her to live by faith, not by sight, to be fearless and to stay humble.

“EACH OF OUR STORIES IS DIFFERENT AND FOR NOW THAT I CAN’T COMPLETELY SEE, I AM VERY FOCUSED ON WHAT I AM DOING,” SHE SAID.

“WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH OTHER FEMALE ARTISTES, I DON’T CARE BECAUSE I KNOW I AM IN MY OWN LANE.”

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Njugush voted most influential young Kenyan

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Comedian Njugush, real name Timothy Kimani, is the 2019 Most Influential Young Kenyan in the 3rd annual ranking poll of influential young Kenyans conducted by PR & Rating firm, Avance Media.

The ranking lists a total of 100 Personalities-Kenyans who are young and extraordinary. 56 females featured on the list. Njugush is the 3rd winner of the coveted title after Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki (2016) and Dr Darshan Chandaria (2018).

Njugush has put in a lot of efforts to grow his career by using social media platforms to showcase his work and content. 

He was also voted among the 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans in 2018.

Betty Kyallo, Kenyan media personality and host on K24 TV, was also voted the Most Influential Female on the ranking.

Others in the top 5 spots are musician Samidoh, 2019 Global Teacher Prize winner Peter Tabichi and activist and founder of Ukweli Party, Boniface Mwangi.

“The ranking, which celebrates young people annually features 100 inspiring change-makers and leaders making great accomplishments in their diverse industries. Be it as entrepreneurs, musicians, activists, media personalities, social impact and philanthropy leaders, public servants, thought leaders and politicians,” said Prince Akpah, the Managing Director of Avance Media.

Others voted as the most influential in their respective categories are:

Anerlisa Muigai (CEO, Nero) – Business

Samidoh (Musician) – Entertainment

Boniface Mwangi (Founder, Ukweli Party) – Law and Governance

Nafula Kisiangani (CEO, Ubuntu Development Solution) – Leadership and Civil Society

Njugush (Comedian) – Lifestyle

Betty Kyallo (OAP, K24) – Media

Peter Tabichi (Teacher) – Personal Development and Academia

Stellah Wairimu Bosire-Otieno (Dr) (CEO, Kenya Medical Association) – Science & Technology

Anne Wawira Njiru (Founder, Food4Education) – Social Enterprise & Philanthropy

Michael Olunga (Footballer, Kashiwa Reysol) – Sports

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