Bill O’Reilly Could Walk Away From Fox News With as Much as $25 Million

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Bill O’Reilly could walk away with as much as $20 million to $25 million as part of his separation from Fox News Channel, according to a person familiar with the situation, signaling the high value the cable-news outlet placed on its best-known anchor.

As part of the terms of a contract recently signed between the veteran anchor and the 21st Century Fox cable-news outlet, O’Reilly is entitled to as much as a year of his current salary, this person said. O’Reilly is believed to make as much as $20 million to $25 million per year. O’Reilly is leaving the network after a New York Times investigation revealed $13 million in settlements made to women who levied charges of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior at the former host of the popular “The O’Reilly Factor.” Advertisers subsequently defected from his program.

In a statement released Wednesday, O’Reilly said:  “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.” He has said he entered into settlements to protect his children and suggested his fame made him a target.

A Fox News spokesperson declined to comment, as did a spokesman for O’Reilly.

O’Reilly would not be the first to walk away from Fox under a cloud but with substantial money under his arm. Roger Ailes, the network’s former chairman and chief executive, was ousted last summer in the wake of an investigation made into allegations of sexual harassment, and was said to be paid a settlement valued at the remaining time on his contract. Ailes was said to make around $20 million per year.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Ah, the sound of ‘Ching ching’ into oblivion. Beautiful!

  2. Jacques Strappe says:

    Attention little boys. You too can grow up to be rapists and sexual predator rewarded with enormous wealth and power as television entertainers and even President of the United States. The American dream can come true for the most immoral perverts..

  3. Tom says:

    Let him get 25 Million. He’ll be no different that any Powerball winner. Except chances are good that any Powerball winner will not have left a trail of debasement and harassment of female co-workers.

  4. Rudy Mario says:

    For Fax, it was purely a shrewd business decision viewed through the prosm of long term and immediate future global expansion. Make on mistake that while the trioka (red necks+neonazis+evangelicals boost ratings and bring in big bucks, it is a niche and ultimatell going to decide segment when viewed from a global market view.

    If you still don’t understand whether you are left or right, view the past weekend box office figures of the Fate of the Furious. Pay close attention to the US breakdown of ticket buyes along racial/ethnic lines. Then look at the breakdown of the 500 million plus rhe movie made globally and the breakdown by country.

    So if you are running a company with a plan to have a global reach (Fox failed in China and is only in UK and Australia, both tiny poulation and increasingly irrelevant and the younger Murdock are itching to be true global players), then O Reily’s ouster is a no brainer. Just milk the cask cow in the US till the rednecks become irrelevant but keep your eye on the global….

  5. Steve Key says:

    Losing Bill O’Reilly in the evenings is a lot bigger deal than the Murdoch family can ever imagine. What makes it so aggravating to many of us is it appears he is being sacrificed on the alter of political correctness for making fun of the culture of blondness on the Fox News Channel. The loss of O’Reilly leaves cable news without anyone many of us can trust in the evening prime time slot. He was a beacon of common sense in what amounts to an ocean of lying biased purveyors of fake news on most of the main stream network and cable news shows. As far as I am concerned, today is the day Fox News died as the Murdoch family caved in to pressure from a bunch of snowflakes far too easily offended by anyone who dared to make light of the simple fact they are a bunch of intellectual lightweights.

    • heyitsron says:

      So how many viewers will Rachel lose if she goes to bed with a man?

    • Lisa says:

      Culture of blondeness? Nay, Rape Culture. 52% of the population (being women, if you didn’t know) could be offended. You don’t see him making tiny dick jokes, do you? Then YOU would be offended, no doubt.

      • Michael D. says:

        Just wonder if you were ever so outraged and offended by white house predator, Bill Clinton? Of course not! You and your ilk are just a bunch of hypocrites! His abuse of his position of power is the crime liberals (including the media and his hypocritical “feminist” wife) have conveniently whitewashed and forgotten.

  6. John says:

    Right now I’m begging my company to fire me for $25 million compensation, that is indeed the American dream.

  7. mat says:

    Why do these broadcasters give talent these contracts that force them to pay out such extraordinary amounts

    • Lisa says:

      Because their lawyers are to stupid to put a clause in of ‘void in the case of indecent or unbecoming behaviour’.

  8. cadavra says:

    That’s enough to settle with 9 or 10 more victims.

  9. Frank says:

    I’m so sick of fox shoving boobs in my face. Put it away cover it up .
    Are these women honestly so stupid they don’t know why they were hired.

  10. Tom says:

    Yah why don’t they start with a dress code for women at fox, we are so tired of the female on camera staff women dressed like prostitutes.
    A business dress code.
    Not a street corner hooker dress code.

  11. cowgirldiva says:

    Will that be “HUSH” money so that O’Reilly will keep his mouth shut about what is really going on at FOX..!!!???

  12. He’s going to need it… he has 12 women sueing him.

  13. Rudy Mario says:

    Cry Lefties cry!

    So many extreme right neo nazi oulet want to hire him. He will make more millions.

    Then he will write a book “Killing Bill O” in which he will portray himself as a cross between Jesup and Lincoln attacked by lefties. The book will be on NYT best seller list for a decade and mint millions.

    And lastly on his trip to the vatican, the Pope forgave him all his sins.

    • Lisa says:

      Perhaps the American people should realize they are being played by this entire ‘left/right’ fallacy. There’s no such thing…..they are all friends. The only reason why they don’t have a third party is because it would be too difficult for the people to take a third side.

    • Sam says:

      Can’t tell if this is pro level cynicism or complete straight faced seriousness.

    • Ima Wright says:

      What is with the frequent battle cry of the apparent right with “Cry Lefties cry!” ? The sentiment and thought process is about as deep as Grade One recess.

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