I never thought it would go down like this. I never saw O’Reilly ever leaving Fox News except for on his own terms. His 8 PM slot was a mainstay with the network and cemented him as one of the best night opinion hosts which acquired a huge audience.

The news of alleged sexual conduct payoffs and few more allegations that have hit the floor the past few days, I guess Fox News would have to consider their audience and fix things before it got worse.

This ends 21 years of O’Reilly at the network and it’s going to be a huge hole to fill but it can be done.

Sources are relaying the information that O’Reilly wants to be able to say goodbye to his listeners. Do you think he should be able to?

Source: NY Mag

The Murdochs have decided Bill OReillys 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce OReillys departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the countrys highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.

Sources briefed on the discussions say OReillys exit negotiations are moving quickly. Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (OReillys ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing him to have a sign-off, sources say. The other main issue on the table is money. OReilly recently signed a new multiyear contract worth more than $20 million per year. When Roger Ailes left Fox News last summer, the Murdochs paid out $40 million, the remainder of his contract.

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