Fox News executive chairman Rupert Murdoch announced Tuesday that the network is parting ways with conservative host Bill O’Reilly, ending questions about his future at Fox after weeks of speculation, according to The Daily Caller.
Recent accusations of sexual harassment led to many of his advertisers deciding to leave, giving the network no choice but to pull the plug on his show.
The New York Times earlier reported that O’Reilly and Fox News paid $13 million to settle sexual harassment lawsuits, which led to an advertiser boycott of his show “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Conservative reporter and former Fox News host Glenn Beck blamed the Bonner Group-led Media Matters for O’Reilly’s termination. The progressive media watchdog group had a history of smear campaign against conservative media personalities such as Rush Limbaugh and Beck himself.
Beck claims he obtained an email suggesting that Media Matters orchestrated the advertiser boycott from O’Reilly’s popular program.
The group’s president Mary Pat Bonner, served as a “donor adviser” to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in her failed bid for the presidency.