Bill O’Reilly announced Tuesday he is taking a vacation from “The O’Reilly Factor,” prompting network sources to wonder if Rupert Murdoch is poised to dump the Fox News host, New York Magazine‘s Gabriel Sherman reports.
“The assumption is that he’ll exit in a non-embarrassing way,” one Fox News staffer told Sherman. Another noted the decision is “up to the family,” meaning the Murdochs. A source said 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son, wants O’Reilly off the air while Rupert and son Lachlan Murdoch want to keep him on the line-up.
Five women have received settlements against O’Reilly, totaling at least $13 million, the New York Times reports. More than 60 companies have pulled advertisements form “The O’Reilly Factor” since news of the settlements surfaced.