The once heralded Conservative prime time tv talk show host has reportedly been out as reported by the New York Magazine today. Matt Drudge from the notorious Drudge Report managed to put the shake-up into perspective, with a few editorial tweaks in his post titled “Foxnews Rocked: O’Reilly Out After Decades on Top.”
After allegations from a sixth woman who claims O’Reilly sexually harassed her recently surfaced, Fox News shut down the extremely popular host. It had been reported that O’Reilly and the network paid out $13 million to five women over the years to settle claims of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct on his behalf.
For some reason this has failed to affect Fox News or O’Reilly’s ratings as stated by The Washington Post:
Amid turmoil, Fox News has remained a ratings juggernaut. In the first quarter of this year, the network averaged 2.7 million viewers between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., double the viewership of second-place MSNBC. The newcomers have fared particularly well. Martha MacCallum, in Van Susteren’s old time slot, delivered Fox News’s most-watched quarter ever at 7 p.m. Tucker Carlson, who replaced Kelly, did the same in the 9 p.m. hour.
But how many more changes can Fox News withstand?
Van Susteren and Kelly were popular, but O’Reilly is in another class. He has been the face of the network since its launch in 1996 and the most-watched cable news host 15 years in a row.
O’Reilly has actually enjoyed a bump in ratings before leaving last Tuesday for his so-called “planned vacation.” It almost seems that the alt right crowd celebrates allegations against prophetic tv personality. One can wonder how long the right will continue to stand by sexual predators for the sake of ideology. Dozens of advertisers have pulled out of “The O’Reilly Factor.” it would be very interesting to see how many continue to stay with Fox in general.
Fox also seems to be reconsidering their brand image moving forward. This isn’t the first case of Fox appearing hostile to women, with several popular video clips circulating on youtube showing blatant sexism. Let’s not also forget about the famous Ailes case.
For now, it appears that Fox will march on but only time will tell if O’Reilly was truely expendable or extremely difficult to replace.