Bye bye Bill: Megyn Kelly's departure from Fox News was a watershed moment for Bill O'Reilly

At Fox News, no one is truly irreplaceable. Did Bill O'Reilly speak his last words on the network this week?

Published April 13, 2017 7:58AM (EDT)

Bill O'Reilly   (AP/Richard Drew)
Bill O'Reilly (AP/Richard Drew)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.


After Fox News host Bill O'Reilly ended his Tuesday night show with a mysterious vacation announcement, MSNBC's "Last Word" host Lawrence O'Donnell gave an overview of next steps for the program now plagued with scandal.

"With advertisers fleeing [his] show, going on vacation is a major and important sign of real weakness for Bill O'Reilly," warned O'Donnell before speculating that O'Reilly may have already spoken his last words on Fox News.

The question of whether the "Factor" host will return will be decided by Rupert Murdoch, chairman of Fox News Channel and the Murdoch family.

"James Murdoch [son of Rupert], the CEO of 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, wants Bill O'Reilly off the air," Roger Ailes biographer Gabe Sherman told O'Donnell.

According to Sherman, the CEO "feels that sexual harassment scandal is really a stain on the company."

"After the Roger Ailes resignation, James Murdoch really drove the company to try to become a more modern, open and forgiving place and this Bill O'Reilly scandal is just a sign that not much has changed," Sherman added.

On the other hand, Rupert Murdoch is resisting.

"The Murdochs are going to have to look at the prospect of having Bill O'Reilly have good ratings [while] they can't make any money off [his show]," Sherman explained.


By Alexandra Rosenmann

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