Fox News is in the midst of a major reshuffle as longtime top-rated personality Bill O’Reilly was fired on Wednesday over a string of alleged sexual harassment scandals.
In his place, Tucker Carlson will take on the 8:00 PM slot, with Sean Hannity keeping his 10:00 PM slot. FOX will move “The Five” to the 9:00 PM slot. “The Five” a panel show with six co-hosts: Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Bob Beckel, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters and Juan Williams.
In effect, ultra-liberal Beckel and Williams have been promoted in O’Reilly’s wake, something which may prove to irritate conservative-leaning primetime viewers.
Reportedly, the Murdoch family – which owns the cable news network – did not allow the former host of “The Factor” to say goodbye to his coworkers. Rupert Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, are committed leftists and have a different vision for Fox News than their father – perhaps one with a more liberal bent.
O’Reilly’s absence will be felt at the cable giant. The 6-foot, 4-inch former high school history teacher from Long Island helped boost Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel into a $1-billion-plus-a-year business.
The 67-year-old used his massive platform to make millions writing books, something which insiders say he may concentrate on now. He has also headlined live shows around the country with comedian Dennis Miller called “The Spin Stops Here Tour,” which is still scheduled to make stops in Baltimore, Las Vegas and Anaheim later this year, according to LA Times.
“This [scandal] has definitely hurt his brand in the broad sense, but he will undoubtedly bounce back,” said Marlene Morris Towns, an adjunct marketing professor at Georgetown University in Washington. “He will find a home because his super-loyal fan base will still support him.”
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H/T: The Gateway Pundit