Unlike a lot of people my age, I really liked Bill O’Reilly, especially O'Reilly's style of reporting.
Of course, like all great things, it has come to an end. Bill O’Reilly, like his Fox News boss Roger Ailes, was accused of sexual harassment.
But, honestly, I don’t think Fox News would fire Bill O’Reilly over sexual harassment allegations that haven’t been proved in court.
If you follow the money, you’ll begin to realize the possible reason why they really fired him:
Rupert Murdoch and his children own News Corp. News Corp., the parent company of Fox News. Recently, they were looking into buying British-based news company Sky News, but Sky News was wary of doing business with them. Too many advertisers were dropping Fox because of the Ailes scandals. Additionally, Ofcom, the British media regulator, wondered whether 21st Century Fox was a “fit and proper” owner of pay-TV broadcaster Sky. That’s a fancy British way of saying: “Is Fox News, as a company, too controversial?”
Lo and behold, Bill O’Reilly gets accused of sexual harassment.
O’Reilly had the highest rated show on the network. At his height, it was grossing $70 million. But with $14 billion on the table, Fox News decided to cut him.
This, by the way, is a part of trend currently occurring within conservative media circles, to find new less controversial faces to appeal to advertisers and platform providers.
The lingering question now is: Where does Bill O’Reilly go next?
I’m guessing he’s either going to do what Glenn Beck did and create his own online news network, or comfortably retire.
There’s another possibility though...