Talent agency UTA is not expected to renew its contract to represent former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly when his deal expires at the end of 2017, according to a person familiar with the matter.
“Bill has already lined up alternative representation,” said Mark Fabiani, an O’Reilly spokesman.
O’Reilly has recently come under new fire. On Monday, former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly made a recent disclosure by The New York Times that 21st Century Fox had renewed his contract the center of the opening segment on her NBC News morning program, “Megyn Kelly Today.”
He was fired by Fox News in April following a New York Times report that he had been involved in settlements of harassment and sexual harassment claims with five women totaling $13 million, dating back to 2002. On Saturday, the Times reported that O’Reilly personally reached a settlement in January with former Fox News legal analyst, Lis Wiehl, for $32 million, a fee far larger than previously disclosed settlements. In February, Fox News set a long-term contract with O’Reilly that included a huge salary boost, to $25 million a year from around $20 million under his previous deal.