There seems little doubt O'reilly is a bit of a sleaze and there has been a 'sleaze' culture alive at Fox for some time. But let's have a little perspective. It is as nothing compared with the sleaze culture which operated for years in the Clinton White House.
It appears also that Murdock senior was against the firing while his two sons were for it.
It appears some sixty advertisers withdrew their advertising from his show after a erport in the New York Times on pay outs to a number of O'Reilly's accusers. Importantly, the majority of the funds withdrawn went to other Fox News shows so the company was not actually damaged.
Right up until the day of his ouster, The O'Reilly Factor was by head and shoulders the top rating cable news show in the nation.
All very perplexing. I think there is a pretty big story here and it is yet to be told.
A couple of competent investigative reporters could start by producing a list of those companies which pulled their adverts. They could then compile a list of those companies whose CEOs have come out with anti Trump statements and policies since the election. I(t would be interesting to see what sort of effect a consumer boycott had on those companies.)
I would expect to find a significant cross over between the two lists and therein lies the potential. Who, when, where, why, what?????????????
So wherefore now, Bill O'Reilly?
He has a major asset in his loyal viewers and unless he has been foolish enough to sign a restraint of trade clause, I wouldn't be surprised if he put together a group of financial backers, bought out one of the also ran cable networks and got himself back on air.
If my suspicions are correct, Hannity and Carlson won't last much longer at Fox before the Left has them turfed out on trumped up charges published in the NYT. What better home for them than the same outfit which carries 'The O'reilly Factor'?
(Update) Well, that didn't take long.
"The latest conservative commentator to be accused of sexual misconduct is host Sean Hannity who was accused on the Pat Cambell Show by lawyer, political commentator, and frequent Fox News guest Debbie Schlussel. Debbie claimed on the show that Sean Hannity asked Schlussel to come back to his hotel twice after a book-signing event. Does this constitute sexual misconduct?"