He was once the biggest news commentator on cable TV. Bill O’Reilly was a ratings darling for Fox News and dominated all those who tried to take him on in cable news. Wednesday, the master no spin zone anchor was out at Fox News proving that no one is too big not to be fired. The parent company Fox News, 21st Century Fox issued a statement detailing the dismissal of the one-time ratings giant. The entertainment company made the decision to release O’Reilly after numerous sexual harassment allegations were made by female office staff and fellow reporters.
Fox stated that “the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.” Two weeks ago, the very thought that O’Reilly would be out at Fox seem unimaginable but on April 1 the New York Times reported that O’Reilly or Fox had paid $13 million to settle five cases against him alleging sexual or other harassment. After that report came out, advertisers began pulling out of O’Reilly’s show with women groups sounding the alarm that sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the workplace. 21st Century Fox also found the need to have a law firm investigate allegations from a fellow employee of FOX, that O’Reilly dropped efforts to make her a contributor in 2013 after she turned down his invitation to visit his hotel room.
The news of O’Reilly’s firing come after a summer of allegations against former Fox News director Roger Ailes who allegedly sexually harassed former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. The allegations were also made by at least a half-dozen women, all of which he denied. One of them was Megyn Kelly, who also clashed with O’Reilly and who decided to leave Fox for NBC last December. O’Reilly released a statement that “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.” He also stated that “I wish only the best for Fox News Channel,” he said.
This was not the first-time O’Reilly faced criticism over comments made towards a woman. In March O’Reilly angered many over his so-called joke about Congresswoman Maxine Waters hair. Trump remarked that Waters hair looked like a “James Brown wig.” Continuing his put down, O’Reilly stated that “I love James Brown, but it’s the same hair, James Brown — all right, the godfather of soul — had.” Waters and many others answered O’Reilly’s insults stating that the comments were “sexist, and uncalled for” and “openly racist.” Waters responded to O’Reilly saying that “Let me just say this: I’m a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody.” It appears that women across the country won’t have to intimidated by Bill O’Reilly anytime soon.
Agnes Bedard calls herself a daughter of the 60's. She stills believe that one voice can lead us out of darkness, that one person can start a change, and that one act of kindness can change one person's world. Politics is how the world works to change and that is why she is so passionate about it. As Agnes said we need to fight for our f.uture. Agnes Bedard is also the author of "Before I was Me" Bedard is also a wife, mother and grandmother