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Fox News has confirmed that it will be letting go of the news anchor Bill O'Reilly amid accusations of sexual harassment.
In an email to staff, 21st Century Fox said the 67-year-old would not be returning to the Fox News channel, from his current holiday in Italy.
After a thorough review of the allegations against him, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr O’Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel,.
Email sent to Fox News employees: https://t.co/HfLmIdzm6Y — Emily Steel (@Emily Steel)
The decision to dispose of Mr O'Reilly followed reports in the New York Times that the news channel had been required to pay out $17m to settle claims against the anchor from five women.
Mr O'Reilly has continued to deny the allegations of sexual assault.
United States President and Fox News fanboy Donald Trump was vocal in his support for O'Reilly, prior to the announcement:
I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled.Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong. I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person.
I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled.
Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong. I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person.
Donald Trump has been accused of a number of sexual assaults himself.
It prompted a number of people to make the same observation:
Looks like the only job Bill O'Reilly will be able to get now is PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. — billy eichner (@billy eichner)
The lesson Bill O’Reilly learned, albeit too late, is a serial sex abuser must know when to quit TV and run for president. — Stanley Cohen (@Stanley Cohen)
What a time to be alive.
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