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Bill O'Reilly Is Through at Fox News: Report

Update: The Murdochs have decided to cut ties with their star television host.

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UPDATE: The Murdochs have decided to part ways with Bill O'Reilly amid multiple charges of sexual harassment and a mass exodus of prominent television sponsors; the family had previously been divided over whether to relieve him of his hosting duties. How they arrived at a consensus remains unclear, but according to a source of New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman, it was Lachlan Murdoch's wife, Sarah, who convinced her husband that O'Reilly had to go.

The right-wing pundit will not be returning to "The O'Reilly Factor" or Fox News when his Italian vacation comes to an end April 24.

On Thursday, the board of 21st Century Fox will convene to discuss a range of matters including severance payment, whether he will be allowed to say goodbye to his audience, and possible replacements for his 9 PM slot. Executives are reportedly considering Eric Bolling, Dana Perino and Tucker Carlson among others.

Original post below:

Bill O'Reilly announced he'd be taking a vacation last week, and his return to Fox News is looking more precarious with each passing day.

Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that the network had settled five sexual harassment claims against him totaling approximately $13 million. The revelations prompted several of his biggest sponsors to cut their advertising for "The O'Reilly Factor." 

On Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that another woman has stepped forward, a black clerk who claims O'Reilly routinely called her "hot chocolate" when they worked alongside each other nearly a decade ago.

"He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar," attorney Lisa Bloom told the Hollywood Reporter. "He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared."

Bloom announced via Twitter that her client had filed a complaint on the Fox News hotline. The attorney also represents one-time "O'Reilly Factor" contributor Wendy Walsh, who says she was pushed off the air after refusing O'Reilly's sexual advances.

Public advocate Letitia James led a demonstration of 50 protesters outside the network's offices Tuesday demanding the television host's dismissal. “Bill O’Reilly would like to hold himself out as the moral voice of America,” she said. “He has demonstrated a blatant lack of respect for women. Our rights are under attack.”

New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman, who wrote the book on Fox News' toxic workplace, reports the Murdochs are locked in an "intergenerational battle" over the fate of their network star; sons James and Lachlan appear ready to pull the plug, while their father, Rupert, has remained steadfast in his support of O'Reilly. Meanwhile "morale [at 21st Century Fox] is awful," and, “There’s been no word from management to calm the masses.”

In the days after the New York Times broke its story, Donald Trump came to the defense of his longtime friend, calling O'Reilly a "good person" who should never have settled with his accusers.

Bill O'Reilly's attorney, Marc E. Kasowitz, has issued the following statement:

Jacob Sugarman is a managing editor at AlterNet.

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