Popular cable TV political commentator Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the airwaves of Fox News to host his ratings juggernaut talk show, 'The O'Reilly Factor.'
Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, confirmed O'Reilly was being let go on Wednesday but New York Magazine national affairs writer Gabriel Sherman first reported Wednesday that sources briefed on the situation said that O’Reilly is out at Fox News and Fox brass was in the process of looking ahead to what happens next.
O'Reilly's departure means the ouster of cable TV’s highest rated prime-time host. It also leaves some big shoes to fill, and it’s unclear who might take his place. There’s also the question of what O’Reilly might do next and whether he’ll be successful in finding another job with a major network.
O’Reilly, who has been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment in the past, ended up in the spotlight after a New York Times article from earlier this month revealed that Fox and O’Reilly have paid out a total of $13 million to five women who accused him of sexual harassment in exchange for them agreeing not to file suit or go public with their accusations. Pressure to let O’Reilly go had been mounting since then.
With O’Reilly out at Fox News, do you agree with the decision to let him go? Who might Fox News slot in for O’Reilly if his spot opens up? Where could O’Reilly go next?
Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush