Fox News is currently leaning towards firing the O’Reilly Factor host, according to a new report from New York Magazine. [UPDATE: The mag is now reporting that O’Reilly is definitely out.] O’Reilly has been hit with a series of damaging sexual-harassment accusations in recent weeks, which have led to protests outside the Fox News building and advertisers dropping out of his primetime news show. “It’s worse than Glenn Beck,” a network insider tells NYMag, referring to the advertiser boycott that led to Beck’s Fox News ouster in 2011.
The decision to keep or cut O’Reilly ultimately boils down to Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan. Sources tell NYMag that James and Lachlan want O’Reilly out, while Rupert wants to stick with him. “The three are fighting,” a source confirms. O’Reilly is still Fox News’ top-rated host, and Rupert reportedly doesn’t want to risk a steep ratings drop if he’s canned.
But the status quo isn’t working for Fox News staff — especially for female employees. “Morale is awful,” one female Fox executive says. “There’s been no word from management to calm the masses.”
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