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Fox News Announces Dismissal Of Network Star Bill O’Reilly

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Fox News Announces Dismissal Of Network Star Bill O’Reilly

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Fox News Channel today officially severed its relationship with Bill O’Reilly, longtime host of the network’s highest-earning primetime program, following a spate of fresh sexual harassment allegations against him.

Rumors of O’Reilly’s impending dismissal had circulated for several days. A Fox spokesperson released the following statement confirming its decision on Wednesday afternoon: “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.”

Responding to the Fox announcement, Media Matters for America president Angelo Carusone, who had led a successful campaign to persuade O’Reilly’s advertisers into dropping his show, said that the company could no longer withstand public pressure.

“Without advertisers, Bill O’Reilly’s show was no longer commercially viable. Fox News had no choice but to fire O’Reilly,” Carusone said. “Accountability came from the outside, not from within. Fox News deserves no accolades, only scorn for the industrial scale harassment they have forced their employees to endure.” The network ended its relationship with its founding president Roger Ailes over similar allegations of harassment last year.

The remaining question, Carusone added, is how Fox News will cope with its endemic culture of sexual harassment, which he accused network co-president Bill Shine of covering up and encouraging. Noting that Shine had recently signed a new contract with O’Reilly despite the harassment allegations, he issued a warning.

“If Fox News wants to signal that they’re serious about addressing sexual harassment

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth April 19, 2017

    GOOD RIDDANCE! Unfortunately, the pall and stench of O’Reilly will linger on as long as FOX remains on the air, and as long as the Murdoch’s long dark shadow stretches across America. O’Reilly’s disgrace will taint his children for as long as they live.
    And now, there’s Sean, and the rest of the staff at FOX to be dealt with, in God’s good time.
    And let us never forget O’Reilly’s defender and current occupant in the Oval Office, who deserves to be booted out as well.

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    1. 1standlastword April 19, 2017

      Billy and Donnie probably greet each other saying “smell my finger”

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth April 20, 2017

        Oh, that’s a nice one! I’m chuckling as I type this.

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    2. dbtheonly April 20, 2017

      GM, Aaron,

      I understand today is special to those

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth April 20, 2017

        GM, dbtheonly—That’s very thoughtful of you. You and the other enlightened and noble souls in this forum are truly “Baha’i-like” in your attitudes and demeanor.

        Yes, today is the 1st day of Ridvan, one of 12 days starting today. The 1st, 9th, and 12th days have a specific importance. The Baha’is across the globe are each celebrating this day, and are electing their Local Spiritual Assemblies as well—we elected ours, in a quiet and dignified manner, no electioneering, no grandiose speeches or empty promises, but just a commitment to reinforce our individual efforts to improve the situation of all humanity to the best of our abilities.

        I will now be contacting some Baha’i friends in Oman, wishing them a Happy Ridvan, and I’ll tell them and others of your kind gesture.

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        1. dbtheonly April 20, 2017

          You’re more than welcome, but after you wished me a Merry Christmas, I didn’t feel I could do any less.

          Please extend my wishes to the entire family.

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          1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth April 20, 2017

            I briefly described your show of kindness with friends in my network here, and they’re very delighted to get more affirmations of the wealth of good that exists in this world.

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          2. dbtheonly April 20, 2017

            Again, you’re more than welcome.

            On the topic, I’ve always had more than a little sympathy for O’Reilly. He’s got one goal, to be accepted and respected as a serious journalist, and at the same time he’s making millions by his shtick which precludes him from achieving his goal.

            Understanding O’Reilly’s conflicts does not excuse his behaviour. But sympathy does not imply acceptance either.

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        2. Mama Bear April 20, 2017

          Aaron….happy and joy to you for the next 12 days and forever!

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          1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth April 20, 2017

            You’re most kind and considerate, and it’s because of wonderful people like yourself that there is lots of hope for the country and the world, despite the irrationality besieging the country.

            I’ll keep you and others in my mind as my Baha’i brothers and sisters around the world work to ameliorate the dire afflictions hammering humanity.

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  2. 1standlastword April 19, 2017

    Now Bill is freed up for a cabinet appointment as Secretary of the Bureau of Human Affairs in Mr. Trump’ failing administration with the bevy of other crooks and incompetents.

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    1. Independent1 April 19, 2017

      Donny boy is depraved enough to do exactly that.

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  3. Thoughtopsy April 19, 2017

    Finally Billy Boy gets exposed for what he is.
    A sh1tty human being on all fronts.

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    1. Dapper Dan April 20, 2017

      No ????

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  4. Mama Bear April 20, 2017

    So….just to be clear. O’Reilly just got fired for doing exactly what Trumpie has done – the only difference is that there are 17 women accusers and a video tape of Trumpie’s confession. Am I to understand that Fox Entertainment has a higher standard of conduct than the Presidency of the United States?

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    1. 1standlastword April 20, 2017

      Or is it the money at the money at the root of it all!

      Reply
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