With Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News Channel, the hard part may be over for the scandal-scarred network. Now the harder part begins.
Fox’s abrupt termination of O’Reilly’s contract on Wednesday puts the leading cable-news network in rebuilding mode, beset by uncertainty. Will O’Reilly’s loyal audience of roughly 4 million viewers stick around without O’Reilly on the air? Will advertisers that abandoned O’Reilly return to back his replacement? Will the loss of the network’s most popular host set off a ripple effect that diminishes the rest of Fox’s lineup?
Fox’s dynastic Murdoch family — patriarch Rupert and sons James and Lachlan — cashiered O’Reilly after a nearly three-week drama surrounding sexual harassment allegations against him. O’Reilly and the Murdochs were unable to ride out the public-relations debacle triggered by accusations that he had abused female employees throughout much of his 21-year career at the network.
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