Thursday, May 30, 2024

Sad Ending for Bill O’Reilly at Fox News as Murdochs Send Exit Notice via Wall Street Journal


Oh, Bill O’Reilly, I guess you know it’s over.

The Murdochs sent their exit notice tonight at 9:50pm via the Wall Street Journal, which they own along with Fox News and the New York Post.

The WSJ headline: Fox Is Preparing to Cut Ties with Bill O’Reilly.

Ouch! That hurts, doesn’t it? But I told you two weeks ago: when the Fox News PR people let the New York Times run their story about the five women and the $13 million in settlements, it was over then. O’Reilly — guilty of many things, no doubt– was set up by Fox News to take a fall.

It’s highly unlikely he’ll return from his vacation on April 24th. And even though ratings have been down since he left, remember this: they were highly inflated before he left by people tuning in to see if he’d defend himself.

O’Reilly will still have books and radio. He could easily turn up on TV before the end of 2017, bloviating somewhere. He could syndicate, too. But his run of bluster and bark is over at Fox News.

Roger Ailes: your world is being dismantled. How does it feel?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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