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Fox News Channel owner Rupert Murdoch along with his family are considering pulling The O’Reilly Factor off air amid accusations of sexual harassment against prime time host Bill O’Reilly, according to a report by Gabriel Sherman in brand new York magazine.
The pressure on Fox to let Bill O’Reilly go has risen in recent weeks over a string of accusations of sexual harassment, with the longtime host currently on a vacation scheduled to end April 24th.
Earlier of which month, The brand new York Times revealed of which $13 million has been paid out by either Fox News or O’Reilly to several women to settle their sexual harassment claims against the host in lieu of litigation, despite O’Reilly’s denial of the merits of their claims.
Fox initially backed O’Reilly over the settlement, arguing of which he had “resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility.”
However, Sherman’s sources claim of which Murdoch’s sons, James along with Lachlan, have argued of which O’Reilly should be let go, however their father Rupert Murdoch opposes the idea.
The report also speculated of which the decision could affect the Murdoch family’s pending $14 billion deal to re-buy European-based TV provider Sky, which has a decision to sack O’Reilly likely to enhance Murdoch’s favorability with media regulators Ofcom.
O’Reilly’s primetime show, The O’Reilly Factor, can be at its most well-liked since its conception in 1996, averaging 3.7 million viewers in its final week before details of the settlement emerged, a 28 percent increase by the previous year, according to Nielsen Research.
Over 0 companies dropped advertising on The O’Reilly Factor over the allegations, while a little group of feminist protesters gathered outside the Fox News headquarters in brand new York calling on the network to fire O’Reilly.
Last year, Fox News’ longtime chairman Roger Ailes resigned over claims of sexual harassment against several female staff members, including former host Gretchen Carlson along with anchor Megyn Kelly.
President Donald Trump supported O’Reilly over the claims, describing him as a “Great person” who “hasn’t done anything wrong.”