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Bill O'Reilly and Fox News have split after more than 20 years, and now reports say the former host of the nation's number one cable news show will walk away with a severance package of up to $25 million, approximately one-year's salary. Allegations of sexual harassment and advertisers fleeing were too much for Fox News' Murdoch family.
Citing "a person familiar with the matter," CNBC reports O'Reilly's "amended contract suggests that the ousted Fox News anchor will receive a maximum of one-year's salary." Fox News signed a new contract with O'Reilly recently, and reports have said they did so aware the New York Times story would break soon.
NBC journalist Anne Thompson on MSNBC just reported O'Reilly's contract was for four years at $25 million per year.
Financial Times global media editor Matthew Garrahan also reports "Bill O'Reilly will get a payoff of $25m - no more than a year's salary."
Some responses via Twitter:
O'Reilly is 67. He's getting 25 million in severance. This isn't a punishment, it's retirement. He's retiring from his Fox News show.— Stephen Peacenik (@Herodedalus) April 20, 2017
O'Reilly may be leaving Fox News, but #RapeCulture isn't going away until abusers stop getting severance packages & instead get punished.— nøreen (@InkInOrbit) April 19, 2017
Imagine if Fox had zero-tolerance policy, including no severance/contract buyout. Would O'Reilly have continued with his gross behavior?— Gus Sanchez (@gsanchez_writes) April 20, 2017
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