According to a report Thursday by CNN’s Brian Stelter, ousted Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly will walk away from the network with a hefty severance package that is in the tens of millions. Stelter reported that two separate sources later indicated the grand total would be $25 million.
O’Reilly, who was the top-rated cable news personality, was pushed out of his job after 21 years on Wednesday amid a maelstrom of sexual harassment claims. Even after his fate was sealed at the network, O’Reilly continued to maintain his innocence, calling the accusations “completely unfounded.” The embattled host had recently signed a new contract with Fox News and stood to earn about $100 million over the next four years, according to the CNN report. The $25 million figure amounts to about one year of his salary because 21st Century Fox, the parent company of the network, had included language that provided certain outs in the event of a situation like this. Last summer, after Roger Ailes was ousted from Fox News amid a sexual harassment scandal, he walked away with a $40 million settlement from the network. At the time, Anita Hill, the subject of an infamous sexual harassment case in the 1990s, spoke out, saying Fox News should revoke that severance. Neither Fox News nor O’Reilly’s representatives would confirm the size of the payout.
Earlier this month, at the Women in the World New York Summit, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment lawsuit set Ailes’ downfall in motion, spoke out about the culture inside Fox News that enabled people like Ailes and O’Reilly, and what women who are being harassed in the workplace should and shouldn’t do about it. Watch the full video of that appearance below.
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