James Murdoch Wants Bill O'Reilly Off Air "Permanently"
Apr 19 2017 by Francis Osborne
Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly made a surprise announcement during the close of his show last night, saying that he is taking what he described as a pre-planned vacation from The O'Reilly Factor.
The amount of advertising time by paying customers on The O'Reilly Factor has been cut by more than half since the Timesreport, according to an analysis issued on Tuesday by Kantar Media. Last fall, he added, "I booked a trip that should be terrific".
Although New York Magazine's sources say network co-president Bill Shine was attempting to save O'Reilly, the matter rests exclusively on the shoulders of the Murdoch family, which includes Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox News, and James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox CEO.
President Trump has been bombarded with a minor backlash following his statements about the political commentator Bill O'Reilly who is facing numerous sexual harassment related cases, as reported.
Given the fact that more than 60 advertisers dropped O'Reilly's show and "The O'Reilly Factor" was forced to air over 10 minutes of extra editorial content to make up for the lack of advertising, it isn't clear how Fox can continue justifying his presence at the network. He said he would return on April 24.
Bloom is representing Wendy Walsh, who accuses O'Reilly of backing down on a promise to get her a job on the network after she rejected his advances in 2013. The request details the claims of dozens of women who say at times over the past 13 years they were sexually harassed at Fox News.
"Often around this time of year, I grab some vacation because it's spring and Easter time", O'Reilly told his audience.
According to Sherman, the CEO "feels that sexual harassment scandal is really a stain on the company".
These lawyers are reportedly focused on harassment claims against O'Reilly by Walsh after she reported her allegations via the company's anonymous hotline. "Because you have taken it all the way; I don't think Bill did anything wrong". One source close to the matter said their understanding is that Rupert, the Executive Chairman, would like to keep O'Reilly on air, while his son James, the Chief Executive Officer, is opposed to that idea. "All of us need a break", O'Reilly said before signing off of Tuesday night's show.
Andrea Tantaros, another former Fox News host, had accused O'Reilly in a lawsuit past year claiming he and other executives of the network had made sexual advances toward her, according to reports.