Bill O’Reilly is finished. Kaput. We will not be hearing from him any more. Whereas losing politicians seem to hang around and remain influential, a news commentator without a network is like a pizza without cheese – it just doesn’t work.
I doubt very much that any other network will pick him up. If he was too toxic for Fox, he’s going to be too toxic anywhere else, too. I suppose he could wind up at some right wing website like Breitbart or The Daily Caller, but that would be a huge step down for someone of Bill O’Reilly’s stature. This was the man who single-handedly convinced millions of people that there was a war on Christmas. Probably his proudest moment.
Of course, his sacking had nothing to do with politics. Fox News was perfectly happy to roll with his ‘war on Christmas’ nonsense, and all of his hysterically anti-Obama nonsense. It was the sexual harassment that did him in.
This was not the first time he’d been accused of sexual harassment. He was not only notorious for it, he was notoriously bad at it. Remember the loofah/felafel confusion? Basically, he was talking on the phone to a girl and talking about how much he’d like to use a loofah to jam it up her hoo-hah, which I wouldn’t think is terribly sexy to start with but at least it has a phallic shape so it’s as good as Bill Clinton’s cigar, I guess, but he said felafel, which is deep fried chick-pea balls and salad inside pita bread, basically a veggie kebab, so that would be seriously unsexy and off putting, but he got out of that sexual harassment case by paying the girl a couple of million dollars.
I don’t know the details of this case. Maybe the girl was asking for more money. Maybe there was more than one girl. Maybe Fox just got tired of his shit. After all, there is no shortage of crazy, right wing people willing to say whatever stupid shit pops into their head while millions of people are listening.
They’ll have him replaced pretty quick and nothing will change. Nonetheless, I am happy to see him gone.