According to reports from CNN and New York magazine, Fox News star Bill O’Reilly’s days with the network may be coming to an end.
CNN, citing “a well-placed source,” reported that officials from Fox News and O’Reilly are in serious discussions”about an exit.” The cable news network added that the report had “prompted a denial from sources in O’Reilly’s camp.
According to New York magazine’s sources, The Murdoch family is undecided of Bill O’Reilly’s fate. Sons James and Lachlan Murdoch believe that the Fox News commentator, should be fired. Their father, Rupert Murdoch, has pushed back against this, saying that the New York Times would be responsible behind the firing of O’Reilly.
The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the situation, reported on Tuesday that Fox News show The O’Reilly Factor is close to being remove from air. The decision to cut the show could “come as early as the next several days,” according to Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Flint.
The decision to cut ties with O’Reilly came after The New York Times reported that O’Reilly and his employer paid five women $13 million to settle harassment charges.
Hyundai a major sponsor, decided to pull ad spots on all future shows, Hyundai says it wants to partner with companies and programming that share its values of inclusion and diversity. BMW, another major sponsor, said it suspended advertising on the show due to the recent allegations. Also among major sponsors were Allstate, T. Rowe Price and Constant Contact who also suspended advertising. Allstate said support for women is a company value.
GlaxoSmithKline said it had “temporarily put a hold” on ads on O’Reilly’s show pending the outcome of the investigation.
Another major sponsor was unsure what to do, BMW decided to reassign its ads to other Fox News shows.
According to research firm Kantar Media, O’Reilly is Fox News top revenue producer, bringing in over $178 million in ad dollars in 2015 and $118.6 million in the first nine months of 2016.