Bill O’Reilly May NOT Return to Fox Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal [VIDEO]

Bill O’Reilly May NOT Return to Fox Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal [VIDEO]

The Fox News sexual harassment scandal didn’t end when Roger Ailes was ousted. It didn’t take long for megastar anchor Bill O’Reilly to face sexual harassment accusations of his own. Now, it turns out he’s going to be off the air — but will it be permanent?

After O’Reilly’s sexual harassment scandal hit the news, his show almost immediately faced an advertiser boycott. It’s been reported by the “New York Times” that O’Reilly paid $13 million to settle harassment claims against him. Not long after all of this came to light, O’Reilly announced that he will be taking an almost-two week long vacation.

However, O’Reilly also said that the vacation had been planned since last fall and a spokesperson for O’Reilly said that he often takes vacations around Easter. It’s also been noted that his spring vacations in years past were not as long as this year’s vacation. He will have various hosts standing in for him while he’s gone.

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Fox News confirmed that O’Reilly is expected back, though, dispelling rumors that this is just a precursor to him being permanently taken off the air. His return date is currently scheduled for April 24th — but he may not be out of the woods yet. Sources say that Fox News still may remove him from the network.

Currently, the law firm that investigated Roger Ailes is also doing a “deep dive” investigation into O’Reilly; specifically, they are focusing on accusations from former guest Wendy Walsh against him. While sources say that Fox News President Bill Shine is battling to keep O’Reilly, they also point out that the decision ultimately rests with the Murdoch family. Allegedly, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch wants O’Reilly gone, while Murdoch patriarch Rupert wants him to stay, along with his son Lachlan. The situation with Ailes played out similarly last summer, with James wanting Ailes gone and Rupert fighting for him to stay. Currently, over three dozen advertisers are boycotting O’Reilly’s show, so anonymous Fox staffers think that O’Reilly’s time might finally be up. “The assumption is that he’ll exit in a non-embarrassing way,” one of the staffers said.

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