Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told his audience on April 11 that he was going on a vacation that he had planned last fall (video below).
O'Reilly wouldn't reveal where he was going, but said he would return.
He's been plagued with defections by more than three dozen advertisers since April 1 when a report in The New York Times said either O'Reilly or Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, paid out $13 million to settle sexual harassment claims by five women who had either worked for O'Reilly or appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor."
The New York Times reported that interviews and documents showed accusations of lewd remarks, verbal abuse, unwanted advances and phone calls.
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While a Fox News spokesperson confirmed the controversial host will return to "The O'Reilly Factor" on April 24, four unidentified sources at the cable news channel told New York Magazine that O'Reilly may have done his last show.
The same law firm hired in 2016 to investigate then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes over allegations of sexual harassment are doing a "deep dive" investigation into O'Reilly.
The lawyers are reportedly looking into allegations made by Wendy Walsh, a former Fox News contributor, who accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment behavior (from 2013) in early April.
Walsh told CNN host Don Lemon on April 4: "I want to be clear, I'm not after money."
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Walsh said she came forward in response to O'Reilly's April 1 denial of sexual harassment, and his assertion that he is "vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity."
"I just want a nontoxic work environment for my daughters and their generation," Walsh stated. "We need to change the system. The work place is not a mating marketplace. If you are looking for a date, do like everyone else and go on Tinder."
Fox News sources told New York Magazine that the cable channel's co-president Bill Shine wants to keep O'Reilly.
A senior Fox News staffer said, "It’s up to the family," referring to the Murdoch family that owns 21st Century Fox.
Two Fox News sources said 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch wants O'Reilly gone, while dad Rupert and brother Lachlan want to keep him. A Murdoch spokesperson would not comment.
James reportedly wanted Ailes out in 2016, while Rupert wanted him to stay, but James won the day and Ailes was sent packing.
"The assumption is that [O'Reilly will] exit in a non-embarrassing way," a senior Fox News staffer told New York Magazine.