Bill O’Reilly has reportedly been axed from Fox News, according to New York Magazine, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the discussion.
NY Mag adds that O’Reilly will leave the network before he returns from vacation on April 24 following reporting by the New York Times that disclosed Bill O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox had settled multiple sexual harassment complaints against the anchor over the years for a total of $13 million.
The pressure to oust the network’s top anchor began to mount after more than 60 sponsors have withdrawn ads from his show, The O’Reilly Factor.
The company is set to hold a regularly scheduled board meeting on Thursday.
Executives were holding emergency meetings on Wednesday morning to discuss how to remove O’Reilly, according to New York Magazine.
“Bill O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America,” said his attorney Marc Kasowitz in a statement released Tuesday night.
“This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons. That evidence will be put forth shortly and it is irrefutable.”
O’Reilly has routinely used his platform to mock LGBT people and push false narratives about the LGBT community.
In 2014, he devoted a segment on The O’Reilly Factor to mock gay pride parade attendees and emphasize old gay stereotypes for his conservative audience.
O’Reilly sent his correspondent Jesse Watters to San Francisco Pride Parade on June 29 to expose the promiscuous gays.
O’Reilly criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8 saying he was “outraged” that the Supreme Court found “a loophole” to overturn California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.