Fox News’ The O’Reilly factor launched in 1996 before the network was a household name in cable news.
The show quickly became a hit with Bill O’Reilly offering his perspective and commentary on hot-button issues throughout America and the world.
After two decades at Fox News, according to one report, it appears that O’Reilly’s career at Fox News could be coming to an end, via New York Magazine:
Embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly announced tonight that he is taking a vacation. O’Reilly’s decision to go off the air in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal and advertiser boycott arguably has the appearance of a suspension, but O’Reilly worked to dispel that notion.
He announced that he’d scheduled his trip “last fall” — well before the New York Times reported he paid millions to settle harassment claims.
But according to four network sources, there’s talk inside Fox News that tonight’s show could be his last. Lawyers for the law firm Paul, Weiss, hired last summer by 21st Century Fox to investigate Roger Ailes, are currently doing a “deep dive” investigation into O’Reilly’s behavior.
Fox News, however, told Independent Journal Review that O’Reilly will be back on April 24. In addition, O’Reilly did tell viewers that his trip was “pre-planned.”
The report about O’Reilly’s vacation comes upon the heels of the news that he just settled a series of sexual harassment lawsuits for a whopping 13 million dollars.
Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes stepped down last year amidst reports of him sexual harassing women in the workplace.