Fox News has reportedly decided to part ways with Bill O’Reilly. The news was reported by Gabriel Sherman in New York Magazine on Wednesday.
If confirmed, the top-rated cable news host’s departure will leave an enormous hole not just in the Fox News lineup, but in the entire cable news landscape. The former CBS News reporter and host of Inside Edition is truly the progenitor of the “opiniotainment” host that we now see as the standard.
The firing is a culmination of sequence of events that began when the New York Times revealed the Fox News had spent $13 million settling multiple accusations of harassment against O’Reilly. The report led to a swift and successful advertiser boycott that included dozens of national advertisers, a suddenly announced vacation, and now, the end of Mr. O’Reilly’s career on Fox News.
During O’Reilly’s vacation, his replacement hosts, which have included Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld, and Eric Bolling, have, for the most part, not had the same viewing appeal as O’Reilly, and ratings dipped 25% in his absence. The one exception is Ms. Perino, the former Press Secretary under President George W. Bush, who was able to top the ratings on Monday, April 17th.
It has yet to be announced who will replace O’Reilly. Read more at Mediaite.