Amid charges of sexual harassment, television host Bill O’Reilly decided to take his family on a vacation to Italy.
While in Italy, executives at Fox News made public their decision to cut ties with O’Reilly.
On Wednesday, Rupert Murdoch, the head of 21st. Century Fox released a memo to the staff at Fox.
In the memo, Murdoch wrote, “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”
Internal memo that the Murdochs just sent out to all staff at Fox News pic.twitter.com/PBeSR8zMEe
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 19, 2017
On the same day that he was dismissed from his position as host of the long-running The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly joined others in a V.I.P. line at St. Peter’s Square for a chance to meet Pope Francis.
— The Christian Front (@TCFront) April 20, 2017
O’Reilly, who is a Catholic, has taken exception in the past with comments made by the pope.
At one time Pope Francis said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
O’Reilly responded on his show by drawing attention to the murder in 2015 of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, CA.
He remarked, “The pope. I would very much like to speak with him. And if I can arrange that, I would like to bring the family of Kate Steinle with me.”
O’Reilly stated that millions of people in America have suffered economically due to the current immigration system, adding, “I think I could persuade the pope that providing protection and enforcing settled law is certainly not un-Christian.”
After the news broke, O’Reilly released the followng statement: “Over the past 20 years at Fox News. I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television.”
He continued, “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.”
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