A recent Huffington Post and YouGov survey concluded that the majority of The O’Reilly Factor viewers, a full 65%, still had a good opinion of Bill O’Reilly, while 83% felt Fox should not cancel his show.
This information, however, did not help the longtime host of one of the most successful news programs in history, as yesterday Fox announced that he was fired from the network due to a handful of sexual harassment claims that were settled out of court.
A tragic end to a brilliant career that spanned several decades.
Upon hearing this news while flying back from a vacation in Italy, O’Reilly shared his thoughts with his audience, and the world, stating, “Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one f the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television. It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.”
In statement, Bill O’Reilly calls claims against him “unfounded” https://t.co/2Vlo7dbn6R
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) April 19, 2017
According to a recent article in Forbes, “Most people who watch O’Reilly’s program are aware of the sexual harassment controversy, but nevertheless, they remain supportive of O’Reilly.” The article goes on to highlight that, “About one-quarter of Americans say they regularly or sometimes watch The O’Reilly Factor,” and, “In total, O’Reilly earns Fox over $100 million in annual revenue.”
Not anymore, of course. Tucker Carlson, the solid, if not exciting, Fox host will be taking over O’Reilly’s position. The question is, of course, can Mr. Carlson compel O’Reilly’s enthusiastic fan base to stick with him and Fox. According to a New York Times article, “[Fox] executives are hoping that those viewers will not be alienated by [Bill O’Reilly’s] dismissal.”
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