The No Spin Zone has been swallowed up by the black hole that has been created by it’s founder, Bill O’Reilly:
“The O’Reilly Factor” has been canceled amid a cloud of harassment allegations against the conservative broadcaster.Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan, who run 21st Century Fox, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
“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,” Fox said.
In a statement of his own released later Wednesday afternoon, O’Reilly said, “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 would like to cheer on the fact that this happened, but then this followed:
From The New York Times:
Bill O’Reilly is leaving Fox News with a payout of up to $25 million, the equivalent of one year of his salary, two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.
I feel like the real impact of his exit would have been better had he not been paid. Sadly, for all of his ignorance, he was not stupid; Bill always had an endgame in mind in case the network didn’t want to stand by him. This just goes to show you that if you want to be a jerk, make sure you get paid and stay paid when you lose it all. In all seriousness, Bill is gone; what’s next?
Well, it seems Fox News already has a Plan B – as in bowtie (also from The New York Times):
Tucker Carlson, a conservative provocateur who joined Fox News’s prime-time ranks only three months ago, has been tapped to replace Mr. O’Reilly at 8 p.m. Eastern, beginning on Monday, the network said. Mr. Carlson has become, seemingly overnight, one of the network’s most vital players, a remarkable turnaround for a pundit whose bow-tied heyday had seemed behind him.
If Tucker, who infamously was lambasted by Jon Stewart on CNN’s Crossfire years ago, couldn’t handle a guy who was literally a comedian pretending to be a newsman, I can’t imagine that will bode well for him when he goes up against people who have actual facts. Tucker Carlson is much younger than O’Reilly which perhaps would have been an eventuality; the younger generation also watch Fox News, why not get someone their own age. I certainly hope no one Tucker Carlson’s age is sporting a bow tie and has some amount of intelligence.