Bill O’Reilly was due to return to his show after a two week vacation next Monday.
Rumors have been swirling about 21st Century Fox and Fox News settling five different cases of sexual harassment against O’Reilly, most were over five years ago, with some going back to 2003. Actually the settlements were not a rumor, O’Reilly confirmed them on his show about three weeks ago. He did say that the allegations were baseless.
Today another story appeared which was said to be harassment from a black female support staffer, also from around 2003. He allegedly called her “Hot Chocolate”. That sounds more like a compliment to me, but I guess it would depend on the delivery. He probably didn’t know her name? Was “Hot Lips” Hoolihan from M.A.S.H. also sexual harassment?
Today Fox News simply terminated O’Reilly’s contract, after his recent signing of a four or five year deal at 20 million per year, which would be the same deal they offered Megyn Kelly. They probably severed him out at 20 million or so.
I’ve long thought that O’Reilly should begin to think about retirement for a number of reasons. Just not this way, there are other currents going on that nobody seems to be talking about.
Or maybe someone is.