21st Century Fox has confirmed that long-time staple of FOX News Network, Bill O’Reilly, has officially been removed from the “news” channel. Although this is not music related news, it will no doubt have an impact on music and hip-hop culture. You may remember O’Reilly helped get a Ludacris Pepsi ad killed.
In an official statement the corporation said “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.”
The allegations referred to in the statement are the reports that O’Reilly may have sexually harassed at least six different women from Fox News. He had reached settlements upwards of $13 million with five of them.
According to the report, the testimony against O’Reilly includes descriptions of “verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if [he] was masturbating.” Yesterday, another accuser–identified only as an “African-American woman who was a clerical worker at Fox News” by her lawyer Lisa Bloom–also alleged that O’Reilly, among other things, made animal noises at her and called her “hot chocolate.”
NPR reported that Tucker Carlson, another Fox personality, will be taking The O’Reilly Factor’s slot. There are also reports that many advertisers had already pulled their funding from the show, amid the allegations.
In an interesting anecdote, SPIN also reported that O’Reilly once wrote a novel about a news anchor that was fired by his company and sought out revenge by murdering his co-workers.