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Title: Fox News Has Decided Bill O’Reilly Has to Go
Source: New York
URL Source: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligence ... ed-bill-oreilly-has-to-go.html
Published: Apr 19, 2017
Author: Gabriel Sherman
Post Date: 2017-04-19 12:08:22 by HomerBohn
Keywords: None
Views: 397
Comments: 12

The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s 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 country’s 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 O’Reilly’s 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 (O’Reilly’s 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. O’Reilly 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.

(Watch video at link)

According to sources, Fox News wants the transition to be seamless. Executives are currently debating possible replacement hosts. Names that have been discussed include Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, and Tucker Carlson, who would move from his successful 9 p.m. slot and create a need for a new host at that time. One source said Sean Hannity is happy at 10 p.m. and would not want to move.

The Murdochs’ decision to dump O’Reilly shocked many Fox News staffers I’ve spoken to in recent days. Late last week, the feeling inside the company was that Rupert Murdoch would prevail over his son James, who lobbied to jettison the embattled host. It’s still unclear exactly how the tide turned. According to one source, Lachlan Murdoch’s wife helped convince her husband that O’Reilly needed to go, which moved Lachlan into James’s corner. The source added that senior executives at other divisions within the Murdoch empire have complained that if O’Reilly’s allegations had happened to anyone else at their companies, that person would be gone already.

Spokespersons for 21st Century Fox and Fox News did not respond to requests for comment, nor did O’Reilly’s agent, Carole Cooper.


Poster Comment:

Things appear to be so convoluted at Fox that one can't be absolutely certain of what exactly has happened. As the news filtered down it looked like Bill wanted to get his hands on Megyn, but then many perhaps have.

I consider Tucker Carlson to be the absolute best host on Fox at present.

If Billy has a problem being around attractive gals, perhaps they can use him on the highly obnoxious 'The View'.(1 image)

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#1. To: HomerBohn (#0)

Willie Green  posted on  2017-04-19   12:15:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Willie Green (#1)

Say hey Willie! Good one.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2017-04-19   12:26:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: HomerBohn (#0) (Edited)

O'Reilly isn't done just yet.

James Murdoch, Fox 21 CEO, wants him out. He was the one who shoved Ailes out.

Lachlan sided with his dad, Rupert, leaning toward trying to keep Ailes back then and O'Reilly now.

O'Reilly is much harder to replace than Ailes.

In the last few days, apparently Lachlan is moving toward James' position but their problem is who do they replace O'Reilly with. He has the highest-rated show on cable and is the lead-in to deliver his audience to Tucker Carlson. So a bad Factor performance hurts Carlson's show too.

There is no obvious replacement for O'Reilly. Megyn Kelly is gone, someone they had seemed to be keeping in the wings. And the recent elevation of Watters to his own show may help but he can't hold down O'Reilly's audience.

I've wondered if they might pull off something like moving Carlson up to O'Reilly's 8pm slot, moving Hannity up to Tucker's 9pm slot and putting Watters in at 10pm in Hannity's old slot. But that would leave FNC without a woman in prime time.

Fox has a problem in not having women capable enough to host a primetime show.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-04-19   13:29:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Tooconservative (#3)

Fox should understand that business profits are much more important than social concerns. SOME people are pissed off about sexual harassment claims, and rightfully so. So, they get their day in court, and they get paid some money.

But O'Reilly's audience is massive, loyal to him, and he brings in a lot more money over time than they'll have to pay out in lawsuits. So, you keep O'Reilly and simply weather the storm.

And if the attitude is "Well, ANYBODY ELSE would be out." Maybe, but there is NOBODY ELSE like Bill O'Reilly. HE brings in the ratings, the money, the viewers. Other people are expendable, but he isn't.

Sacrificing Bill O'Reilly due to laddish behavior sends a message - that the firm is more interested in...well...what? Appeasing an angry minority than in making money.

Stupid.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-04-19   14:03:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Vicomte13 (#4)

So, you keep O'Reilly and simply weather the storm.

As Lachlan and Rupert wanted to do. They wanted to do the same with Ailes until James got serious about dumping him.

But O'Reilly is still the most popular show on cable (despite a median age over 70yo) and he tees up his audience for Tucker's show which adds in a lot of younger viewers from the most profitable younger audience demographic.

They don't have any good choice here that I can see.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-04-19   14:26:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Fred Mertz (#2)

Willie Green  posted on  2017-04-19   14:56:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Tooconservative (#3)

but their problem is who do they replace O'Reilly with. He has the highest-rated show on cable and...

Fox has made it official: O'Reily Gets The Axe

Willie Green  posted on  2017-04-19   15:02:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Willie Green, Vicomte13 (#7) (Edited)

I see that Tucker moves to O'Reilly's slot and The Five move to Tucker's current time slot.

At least we won't have to worry that The Shep will re-appear in primetime.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-04-19   15:33:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Tooconservative (#5)

They don't have any good choice here that I can see.

They do. IGNORE the criticism and sail on.

Instead, they shot a hole in their own boat.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-04-19   16:10:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Vicomte13, redleghunter (#9)

Instead, they shot a hole in their own boat.

I was kinda hoping O'Reilly would show up next week and claim that he got absolved of all his falafel sins by Pope Frank.

Alas.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-04-19   16:22:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Willie Green (#7)

"Bill O'Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America," said his attorney Marc Kasowitz in a statement released Tuesday night.

"This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O'Reilly for political and financial reasons. That evidence will be put forth shortly and it is irrefutable."

If O'Reilly gets the axe so does FNC and Murdoch. I smell a lawsuit.

goldilucky  posted on  2017-04-19   17:51:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: goldilucky (#11)

If O'Reilly gets the axe so does FNC and Murdoch. I smell a lawsuit.

Nah. They already had the settlement negotiations. Fox gave O'Reilly $25 million to go.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-04-20   16:31:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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