Fox's Bill O'Reilly Takes Sudden "Planned" Vacation; James Murdoch Reportedly Wants Him Gone

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Amid a sexual harrassment scandal, Fox's Bill O'Reilly surprised viewers tonight and announced he will be taking a "planned" vacation until April 24th. The timing is interesting as over two dozen companies - including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW and Allstate - have pulled advertisements and as NYMag.com reports, two highly-placed Fox News sources say 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch would like O’Reilly to be permanently taken off the air.

As HollywoodReporter notes, O'Reilly assured viewers that his trip was planned long ago, as he takes a vacation “often around this time of year," in order to dispel any notion that it was a forced suspension. He announced that he’d scheduled his trip “last fall” - well before the New York Times reported he paid $13 million to settle harassment claims.

A Fox News source told NYMag.com's Gabriel Sherman that O’Reilly plans to return to his show on April 24. But according to four network sources, there’s talk inside Fox News that tonight’s show could be his last. Lawyers for the law firm Paul, Weiss, hired last summer by 21st Century Fox to investigate Roger Ailes, are currently doing a “deep dive” investigation into O’Reilly’s behavior. They’re focused now on sexual harassment claims by O’Reilly guest Wendy Walsh after she reported her claims via the company’s anonymous hotline.

O'Reilly previously dismissed the charges in a statement posted to his official site soon after the report was published.

"Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline," the statement read.

 

"But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children. The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel. Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me."

But as NYMag reports, Fox News co-president Bill Shine has been working hard to keep O’Reilly, sources said. But O’Reilly’s future is in the hands of the Murdochs. “It’s up to the family,” the senior Fox News staffer said. The Murdochs are presently divided over how to handle it.

 Two highly-placed Fox News sources say 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch would like O’Reilly to be permanently taken off the air, while his father Rupert and older brother Lachlan are more inclined to keep him.

(A spokesperson for the Murdochs declined to comment.)

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veeger's picture

well..............bye

ne-tiger's picture

Bye bye, fucking asshole...

Manthong's picture

 

Maybe Murdoch will try to hire Rachel Madcow away from MSNBC to replace him..

Her hard, pouty face would give good contrast to the newsbabes on Fox.

vato poco's picture

naw, they'll just replace BOR with a robot. like them sly chinee did in the post up yonder. problem solved! this management shit is EASY!! stock options and bonuses for everyone!! (everyone named Murdoch)

A_V's picture

Tucker will fill Oreillys time slot, bill will go to MSNBC to convert Maddow.

Mr Blue's picture
Mr Blue (not verified) A_V Apr 12, 2017 6:59 AM

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Ace006's picture

Maddow just needs one night with a real man.

Déjà view's picture

Major proponent of Iraq Invasion...hang 'em high!

Crisismode's picture

Couldn't

Happen

to

a

Nicer

Guy.

 

Hasta La Vista Bill.

 

MANvsMACHINE's picture

How do they know who called the anonymous hotline?

mkkby's picture

Don't like O'Reily, but I belive him.  No man would proposition that UGLY woman.  She looks like a younger Hildebeast.

Manthong's picture

.I dunno....

 He has always seemed a bit too self-righteous for my taste.

 

BabaLooey's picture

I've been mostly lurking for the recent past, but I'll make an exception as to O'Reilly..........

 

Bill O'Reilly came down hard on sex offenders.........AND HE'S ONE HIMSELF.

Paying 13 Million dollars to "spare his children" is a fucking CANARD.

Bill O'Reilly  - IF he was innocent - SHOULD have taken the first comer on in COURT....

...and NONE of the FUTURE accusations would have come about.......

(or, the egotistic fuck would have NOT LEARNED HIS LESSON, and shit in his own mess kit with "Amanda Mackris #2")

Search O'Reilly Amanda Mackris and see what comes up..............................yeah.

O'Reilly LOVES to wag his finger and seek the TRUTH.........

The TRUTH?

Bill: It's called PROJECTION. And THAT........................

IS A NO-SPIN ZONE FACT.............

Future Jim's picture

I don't recall anything in the constitution granting the US government the power to invent "sexual harassment" and make it a crime.

chumbawamba's picture

It's not, it's a tort.

I am Chumbawamba.

anarchitect's picture

It's not even legitimately a tort.  It should be an internal matter and part of employment contracts.  If Fox wants to fire him, fine.  But not everything despicable is a matter for the law.

A_V's picture

Excellent observation. Thank you.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Well at least he won't be screeching about WMDs in Iraqi 3.0 or is it 4.0? Ahhhh, who the fuck is countin anyway?

847328_3527's picture

And yet Madcow, woof Shitzer, Chuck Todd, etc never are told to leave despite being piss poor and total shills.

 

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Wendy Walsh is a bit past her prime for men to be harassing her.  

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

This line didn't really add up:

"...Wendy Walsh after she reported her claims via the company’s anonymous hotline."

How anonymous did Wendy really want to be?

aurum4040's picture

This Oreilly thing is bullshit. And yes sexual harrasment isnt a crime and yes in most cases its complete bullshit. They want him gone because he is crushing everyone else in cable news especially the dem loons of the left. His books are top sellers. No one cares about his sexual harassment cases. Well not enough to make a difference. If Fox was legit about this issue, they wouldnt care who pulled their ads for this because they could/can just find another ad. Bottom line is Oreilly pulls numbers and that's what matters. 

chumbawamba's picture

He's a complete and utter hack.

That being said, he has an audience for a reason.  Apparently it's because people like their politics fed to them by complete and utter hacks.

I am Chumbawamba.

EhKnowKneeMass's picture

It is actually a Falafel zone. That dickenturd had a falafel fetish. Apparently, his middle name was Bill 'falafel' O'Reilly.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/oreilly/bill-oreilly-falafel-laws...

junction's picture

FOX booked him on a United Airlines flight leaving from Chicago, with instructions he must stay on that plane, no matter what.  Including getting a severe thrashing.

thetruthhurts's picture

Bill O'Reilly= prick

Always hated the bastard.  Hope his book fails too.

Manic by Proxy's picture

Thanks for working in the Tombstone line.

Saucy-Jack's picture

Don't let the loofahs hit you on the way out the door...

max2205's picture

Who cares.  I don't watch that shit 

yogibear's picture

Another Liberal Irishman.

Was a thorn to the true conservatives.

Maybe CNN or MSNBC can hire him.

hoyeru's picture
hoyeru (not verified) yogibear Apr 12, 2017 1:46 AM

wow, a true sign of a 'bot, using the "liberal" word for somebody who is obviosuly ultra concervative.. you are reallly twisting yoruself into knots pal.

Budnacho's picture

FOX, cleaning out the old crew for new....

A_V's picture

Move Tucker to Bill's hour.

sunnyside's picture

I'm thinking Laura Ingrahm would better.  Not buying that she's running for Virginia Senate seat.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Apr 11, 2017 9:54 PM

O'Reilly is s smug fucking old creepy guy that needs to retire. Maybe he will grow a big beard like Letterman and go cray cray.

Twee Surgeon's picture

That may be true, but United Airlines just got some new Corporate Scum to be in the Boycott club. Drive a Beemer like a Pillow biting screamer.

If Corporations are going to Boycott the free sharing of information (See You Tube Clampdown.)

Then they must be informed by refusal to do business by popular demand.

BMW=Fags, United Airlines+ Fags, and so on.

Just stop doing business with Punk ass bitches.

 It's not Rocket Science, just spread the News..... I do not eat Mc Donalds because.... Etc.

These are the fuckers that need to be brought back to reality. Object... Loudly!

You can do it from your chair, your fat ass need not stand up to send a few objectionable E-Mails.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Twee Surgeon Apr 11, 2017 10:08 PM

You mad bro? Because your comment didn't have jack fucking shit to do with my comment.

BabaLooey's picture

Jesus HRH......

A beard?

 

LOL

I'd settle for just going away..................

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) BabaLooey Apr 11, 2017 10:24 PM

Ya that works.

Have you seen Letterman recently? The guy looks like a freak. Walking around in old man shorts and a t-shirt.

I don't know what happens to people that live in NYC but the long term effect is not good.

Tugg McFancy's picture

Doesn't Letterman live half the year in Montana?

Ace006's picture

He owns half of Montana.

BabaLooey's picture

Yeah.

The acid-tongued douche can't even retire like his "idol".........Carson

...who - once he bowed out (with class) STAYED out....

Letterman can't even retire right....

 

ebworthen's picture

lol...yes..."do a Letterman".

Yet another guy thinking with the wrong head.

If you paid $13 million out in private settlements it wasn't for your words, but deeds.

SJEqualizer's picture

Only bitches use the terms 'creepy' and 'cray cray'.