CNN source: Fox News and Bill O’Reilly are talking exit

“Fox News will no longer even respond to questions about whether Bill O’Reilly will return to his show,” according to CNN.

“A well-placed source said Tuesday afternoon that representatives for Fox and O’Reilly have begun talking about an exit. But this prompted a denial from sources in O’Reilly’s camp.

“Even one person close to O’Reilly, however, said he will probably not be back on ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’

“The original well-placed source said an announcement about O’Reilly’s fate was likely by the end of the week.

“The fact that none of these sources were willing to go on the record speaks to the delicate maneuvering underway.

“The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox (FOX), will hold a board meeting on Thursday, a spokeswoman told CNNMoney. One of the sources said O’Reilly will be a primary topic.

“The Murdochs, the men who control 21st Century Fox, are pointedly not commenting on any of this.

“But conversations inside Fox have already turned to possible O’Reilly successors.

“New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, the author of a biography about ex-Fox News boss Roger Ailes, reported Tuesday that ‘the Murdochs are leaning toward announcing that O’Reilly will not return to the air.’

“Sherman cited ‘three sources with knowledge of the discussions’ and said ‘no final decision has been made.'”

The rest of the article is here.

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8 Responses to CNN source: Fox News and Bill O’Reilly are talking exit

  1. Chip Wilder says:

    Good news—- I guess. We have a so called president that has done all of the horrific things this guy has done. And maybe more. “Crotch Grabbing Birther— anyone?”. How proud we must be to have a rapist who gives fake news praise the rapist in the White House.
    Ask Billy Bush –

  2. Joe Koyote says:

    The right wing propaganda machine just lost one of its most powerful mouthpieces. Good riddance! O’Reilly will, of course, land on his feet elsewhere as if nothing major ever happened. He won’t be quite the high profile star he once was but the pay will be the same. The billionaires take care of their stooges, especially the ones who bite the bullet for them. G. Gordon Liddy once said he wouldn’t kill himself for his country, but if you told him what corner to stand by and what time to be there, he’s show up. The soldiers of the right wing are a tough lot. That’s why they are currently winning the game. Ethics are not part of the equation.

  3. Annie Fox says:

    Glad to see him go and hope to heck he never comes back.

  4. Steve Willer says:

    He might be gone from Fox but I doubt he is gone from everything. He might end up with that radio network that Rush is on, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind making room for him.

  5. Joe Koyote says:

    O got a $25M severance package. The good ole boys take care of their own.

    • Judith Lowry says:

      I hope those good old boys have a good plan now that we seem to be descending into a war footing with NK.
      Trump supporters must certainly be jubilant, their hour of triumph is at hand.

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