Bill O’Reilly was fired from Fox News after weeks of drama (update)

I continuously find it mystifying when people act so shocked by information which has already been widely circulated for years. For years – if not decades – we’ve known that Bill O’Reilly was a misogynistic and racist piece of trash. There was plenty of on-camera evidence, just as there were plenty of stories about how he behaved when he was off-camera too. Advertisers still stuck with him. Fox News still stuck with him, even when they were paying out millions of dollars to protect him from sexual harassment lawsuits. Those payouts became the story a few weeks ago, when the NYT published a lengthy report on O’Reilly’s victims and his history of harassment and unprofessional behavior. Advertisers have been fleeing ever since, and last week, O’Reilly abruptly announced that he was “going on vacation.”

There were many rumors that the younger Murdochs (James and Lachlan) were trying to convince their dad Rupert Murdoch to cut ties with O’Reilly completely and just fire him. New York Magazine reported yesterday that James and Lachlan’s efforts have gathered steam, especially given the exodus of advertisers. NY Mag also said that the Murdochs are concerned about their takeover bid of Sky and firing O’Reilly would apparently go a long way to prove that Murdochs aren’t running an empire based on protecting lecherous old white dudes. The Wall Street Journal basically confirms that the Murdochs are leaning into the idea that O’Reilly must go and that Fox News is “preparing to cut ties” with O’Reilly. The Wall Street Journal is owned by the Murdochs, so they would know.

Also: There’s yet another story about O’Reilly being a gigantic creep. In 2008, Fox News employed an African-American woman to do clerical work around the office. Her desk happened to be near O’Reilly’s office, and this is how he behaved: “He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar. He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared.” He also called her “hot chocolate” at some point. Her lawyer says that she did report the harassment to the hotline too.

Update: YAY, O’Reilly was officially sh-tcanned!

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  1. BJ says:

    I wonder how many tens of millions of dollars he will be paid to “resign”.

  2. nemera77 says:

    He is costing them a lot of money. It becomes more about the bottom line. I’m still not sure if he will actually go. Just off the air for a time until the tide passes.. unless there are more women in the wings waiting to file a lawsuit.

    • mint says:

      He is a rich, privileged, white, old male. Unfortunately that means, that he will always be fine. No matter what. Does not matter if he will stay with Fox or not. If they fire him, they will also pay him a lot of money. He will get offers elsewhere. Or write books.
      Even if there are more women to file lawsuits- it took over 20 women to file against Bill Cosby to get this story going and still nothing major happend.
      sad times

  3. Megan says:

    It’s lovely to see such a truly vile person get the ax, but I won’t be happy until Fox News shuts down and Rupert Murdoch burns in hell.

    Fox News has done this country so much damage.

  4. Jenns says:

    Even if he is fired, he’ll be just fine. He’ll get a big payout, go to another network and get a huge pay raise. White men like O’Reilly and Trump will always be OK, because no one really gives a sh*t about women–including women themselves.

  5. CTgirl says:

    I’ll be happy if he no longer has a forum.

  6. QQ says:

    He Came for Maxine, Maxine, who DIDN’T SEND FOR HIS DRIED CRUSTY PREDATORY BEACHED FRANKENSTEIN ASS AT ALL Promptly, swiftly, dismissively gave you kids the receipt, which in the Woke Era served to bring the heat right back to where it needed to be THE ISSUES, Like she, Proud Black Woman Told you she would.. .. And NOW this F*cktroll Is getting kicked from the bridge he was guarding and also the Bridge Owners losing money and sponsors .. And Maxine? Mama Maxine spent the weekend wearing an embroidered jean Jacket serving you girls a Lip and a Delightful Millennial Pink Ensemble WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE ABOUT IT!!

  7. Triple Cardinal says:

    First it’s O’Reilly. Then–please, please, please–Hannity. That’ll be the beginning of the end of FOX News. Beck is already gone as is Van Susteran. And, of course, Ailes.

    The end is in sight.

  8. robyn says:

    Don’t we all know men like this? O’Reilley is of an era where his treatment of women might not seem wrong to him. P*ssygrabbing Trump is the same as are many people who voted for Trump. I wish both would disappear and spend the rest of their days together on a deserted island. They can take Cosby and Roger Ailes with them.

  9. Sayrah says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy …

  10. Mia4s says:

    Ha! Bye! I’m leaving work early, the ticker tape parade starts at 2:00!

    Look he’ll get a bunch of money, whatever, he was rich anyway, but this is a good solid blow to the ego. It’s not enough, but it’s something.

    I’ll never forget reading about his custody case and how his own teenage children hate him and want nothing to do with him. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  11. gwen says:

    If Bill’s lucky maybe he can get his old job back at Inside Edition

  12. Margo S. says:

    I’m so glad that we are all talking about this. This is no longer going to be tolerated by anyone, especially the younger generation.

  13. Veronica says:

    Eh, do rich white men ever really lose?

    • Mia4s says:

      Not really….but they FEEL like they do. And now he’s officially fired 🎈🎉

      Yes they FEEL like “oh I’m being oppressed and misunderstood and discriminated against and it’s evil feminists and it’s all so unfair whaaaaaa!” 😏

      I hope he’s seething.

  14. TheOtherOne says:

    DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD. Fox has officially announced that O’Reilly has been fired!!! Bye, Felicia

  15. crispea says:

    This makes me so happy. Never liked him- like -at all. I was shocked when I found out last year that one of my best friend’s Uncles, who I’ve known since childhood, is one of O’Reilly’s good friends. Bill took him and some of his other buds on an all BRO trip last year. I’ve known my friend’s Uncle for 40+ years and only to be a good man. To me, his family, and extended family. The two must’ve met in college and became friends. You know something’s up when someone keeps a friendship like that under wraps for so long…

  16. jferber says:

    I’ve also read that O’Reilly is a wife-beater and he dragged his ex-wife up and down stairs. I’m not sure if his daughter witnessed it, but she hates him. This is all public. Why is this not a problem?

  17. adastraperaspera says:

    Glad to see this dirtbag out of a job! Curious, though, about what fresh hell James and Lachlan Murdoch has in store for us. I don’t trust them any more than their father. I fear they will style up their right-wing message to spoon feed millennials.