Bill O’Reilly Has Been Fired by Fox News

Bill O’Reilly may extend his sudden vacation much longer that he’s planned. O’Reilly may finally be out of a job.

UPDATE: Bill O’Reilly has been fired by Fox News.

“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” the statement read.

Fox News Channel is poised to end the 21-year run of O’Reilly on the news cabler amid a cascade of sexual harassment allegations.

The Fox News host’s rumored departure from the network could come as early as this week, The Wall Street Journal reported, as sexual harassment allegations against O’Reilly continue to mount. According to New York Magazine, Fox executives are hoping to announce the exit before O’Reilly returns from vacation next Monday.

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The executives had planned an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the issue, which was expected to also come up during a Thursday meeting of Fox’s board members.

The controversy has seen an exodus of advertisers from The O’Reilly Factor, with 50 companies dropping once-coveted slots of airtime.

O’Reilly is currently on vacation in Italy, a break he announced live on air and said he booked in the fall last year, before the allegations broke. He is due to return to The O’Reilly Factor on April 24, Fox News said.

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Initially the network stood by the presenter, though there are signs the support from members of the Murdoch family.

The loss of O’Reilly would be a major loss to the network (but a win for women), with his show attracting around four million viewers a night, though these have recently dipped. The scandal comes on the heels of the departure of former CEO Roger Ailes following another sex harassment scandal, and the loss of host Megyn Kelly to NBC.

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