After a bombshell investigation by The New York Times revealed that Bill O’Reilly and Fox News had paid out millions of dollars over the years to five separate women who all accused the star anchor os sexual harassment, the proverbial shit hit the fan for O’Reilly.
Advertisers began systematically pulling their support from the commentator’s program, The O’Reilly Factor, and he subsequently decided to take his family on an Italian vacation amid the controversy. It was while he was in Italy that O’Reilly received news Fox would be letting him go.
On Wednesday, Rupert Murdoch, the head of 21st Century Fox, released a memo to staff at the network, saying, “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”
Internal memo that the Murdochs just sent out to all staff at Fox News pic.twitter.com/PBeSR8zMEe
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 19, 2017
Later that same day, O’Reilly, a devout Catholic, met the Pope.
Bill O’Reilly worked at Fox News for more than 20 years before his time at the network came to a close this week.