Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox News due to several sexual harassment allegations against him.
O’Reilly has since called those allegations “unfounded” but that wasn’t enough for him to keep his job.
Now, there are rumors swirling that O’Reilly’s exit is just the beginning.
Could Hannity be next on the chopping block?
From Washington Examiner:
A New York Times reporter suggested Thursday that conservative TV host Sean Hannity could be the next Fox News host to be pressured to leave the network, after Bill O’Reilly’s stunning decision to leave Fox in the wake of sexual harassment claims.
On MSNBC, Times reporter Jeremy Peters noted a 2010 report about Fox that included a quote that said some within the Murdoch family were unhappy with the way the network was being run. Rupert Murdoch and his two sons are the top executives of the corporation that owns Fox.
“I think you have to look at somebody like Sean Hannity,” Peters said, “and question whether or not his almost propaganda-like attitude and programming every night is going to be acceptable in the minds of the family which is clearly trying to shift the network in another direction.”
The fallout and reorganizing of Fox is reportedly being led by Lachlan and James Murdoch, who are said to be attempting a repositioning of the highest-rated cable news channel, well known for its conservative bent.
This report should be taken with a grain of salt considering the source.
However, if true, that would be a huge deal.
There doesn’t appear to be any legitimate reason to fire Hannity but if Fox wants to move in a new direction it’s not entirely implausible.