Last summer Fox News reluctantly bowed to public pressure and fired Roger Ailes, the company's longtime CEO and chairman, over an alleged pattern of sexual abuse perpetrated by Ailes against some of the company's female employees. Now, almost a year later, Fox has fired on-air host Bill O'Reilly after a report in the New York Times claimed that Fox had paid out $13 million to five women as compensation over their allegations of sexual harassment by O'Reilly. Rupert Murdoch, the founder and owner of Fox News tried to cast the firing as a moral decision, but some other news sources posited that letting O'Reilly go was more of a business decision - one that was made as sponsors began pulling their ads from his show.
Whatever the reason, ding-dong O'Reilly's gone!
Bill-O found himself in the news last month after he made a snide remark on the air regarding Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Waters had spoken disparagingly about Donald Trump, and O'Reilly commented to a talk show panel that he had not heard a word Waters had said because he was too focused on the "James Brown" wig that she was wearing. He later issued an apology, but laughed as he did so.
Maxine Waters was not amused. After news broke this week about the latest round of Bill O'Reilly sexual harassment allegations, Waters said that he needed to be jailed. When it was announced yesterday that he had finally been ousted from Fox, Congresswoman Waters suggested that the television personality was plagued with psychological issues - and she still thought he needed to be jailed.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, said recently that he regards Bill O'Reilly as "a good person," and added that he does not think O'Reilly did anything wrong.
It would seem that birds-of-a-feather still tend to flock together.