NEW YORK (AP) There was no immediate response from Bill O’Reilly’s bosses Wednesday, April 19, to escalating reports that the Fox News Channel personality would lose his job following accusations he had harassed women.
Based on unnamed sources, New York magazine reported Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox parent 21st Century Fox, had decided that O’Reilly was out and executives were planning the exit. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal, a newspaper owned by the Murdochs, reported the company was preparing to cut ties with O’Reilly.
The New York Times reported April 2 that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about unpleasant encounters with O’Reilly, who has denied any wrongdoing.
O’Reilly is on vacation in Rome and got to shake hands with Pope Francis on Wednesday.