Fired TV host Bill O’Reilly to get $25 million payout from Fox News

Fired TV host Bill O’Reilly to get $25 million payout from Fox News [Photo: Chicago Tribune]
Fired TV host Bill O’Reilly to get $25 million payout from Fox News [Photo: Chicago Tribune]

Bill O’Reilly, star cable news host, will get a payout of up to $25 million following his ouster from Fox News over sexual harassment allegations, a source familiar with the situation has said.

Fox News parent Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOXA.O) announced on Wednesday it had parted ways with the star cable news host, ending his more than 20-year career, following the allegations from a number of women.

Mr. O’Reilly’ severance, totalling the equivalent of one year of his salary, would mark the latest multi-million-dollar payment by Fox News related to men accused of sexual harassment.

The New York Times reported on April 1 that Fox and Mr. O’Reilly had paid five women a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims.

Mr. O’Reilly said in a statement at the time that he had settled only to spare his children from controversy.

Mr. O’Reilly, who has been off the air on vacation since April 11, said in a written statement on Wednesday he, was proud of his “unprecedented success” at Fox.

“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,” Mr. O’Reilly said in the statement.

In July, the company paid former head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, a severance package of about 40 million dollars, following allegations of sexual harassment.

Mr. Ailes in his resignation letter did not indicate he did anything wrong.

Mr. O’Reilly’s show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” has been the most watched program on Fox News and was coming off the highest-rated first quarter in its history, averaging four million viewers.

(Reuters/NAN)


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    You only hear about women being sexually harassed; nobody is talking about how women are sexually tormenting and manipulating men with their asset. It is time to moderate women’s obscenity, crookedness and sexism in the workplace (especially in their appearance). Unfortunately, Fornication, adultery, immoral behavior – that is all US have to offer her fallen generation.
    Truth is that O’Reily was not given fair hearing. There is not one evidence (either by video or forensic investigation report) to show that Bill sexually harassed these exploiters. Bill has been a torment on the flesh of the liberal left for years by his conservative rightism he displays on his weekly Factor Show. He has used FOX platform to promote GOP core values, which the liberal left and the Clinton gang consider detrimental to their cause. Consequently, they had to play the only card they normally use – fornication, fornication, and more fornication. Even the $13 million they extorted from FOX/Bill was just to protect Bill and FOX; there was zero evidence. So sad!