The 67 year old godfather of Fox News finally ran out of rope as multiple sexual harassment allegations and several seven (and nearly eight) figure settlements stemming from those allegations caught up with the right wing pundit.
The decision came after a mass exodus of O’Reilly's advertisers and protests outside Fox News studios proved to be too much for 21st Century Fox, the parent company for the conservative news outlet.
Here is the statement released by the company early on Wednesday...
Short and sweet.
The company held out for nearly fifteen years as a total of five women who have received payouts from either Mr. O’Reilly or the company dating back to 2004. The settlements, it turns out, were in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against their now former employee.
The agreements totaled about $13 million.
The women who made allegations against Mr. O’Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show. They complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating, according to documents and interviews.
Of the five settlements, two were previously known — one for about $9 million in 2004 with a producer named Andrea Mackris and another struck last year with a former on-air personality, Juliet Huddy.
Of the three remaining settlements, two involved sexual harassment claims and the remaining one was for verbal abuse related to an episode in which he berated a young producer in front of newsroom colleagues.
Besides the women who reached settlements, two other women have spoken of inappropriate behavior by O’Reilly.
One, a former regular guest on his show Wendy Walsh, claimed that she was frozen out of promised appearances on O’Reilly's show after she rebuffed a sexual advance from him costing her a lucrative position at the network. The second was a former Fox News host named Andrea Tantaros who, in a lawsuit filed last summer, said O’Reilly sexually harassed her.
Aside from the inappropriate sexual and professional behavior at work O’Reilly also faced domestic violence allegations.
In 2015 it was reported in court documents that O’Reilly had been accused of physically abusing his former wife, Maureen McPhilmy. According to the report, O’Reilly’s daughter allegedly claimed she had seen her father “dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck.” Though O’Reilly denied the accusations an appeals court awarded his ex-wife primary custody of the couple’s two children.
Upon news of his firing reached the media O’Reilly released a statement from a supposed scheduled vacation overseas he was, not joking, meeting the pope...
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Mr. O’Reilly firing comes on the heels of the 21s Century Fox forcing the Chairman and CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, to resign due to sexual harassment of female colleagues at the network as well.
The network has already altered O’Reilly show's graphic. What once read "The O’Reilly Factor" now reads simply "The Factor"...