After weeks of speculation, #Fox News finally decided to pull the plug on Bill O'Reilly's tenure with the network. As reaction to the news continue to pour in, one host on CNN decided to link the troubled former host to #Donald Trump and his controversial history involving sexual assault allegations.
Trump and O'Reilly
At the start of the month, the New York Times released a bombshell article reporting that Bill O'Reilly had not only been accused of sexual harassment by at least five women, but that he reached a $13 million settlement to keep the story out of the public eye.
As expected, O'Reilly denied the allegations, but the network suffered a financial toll in the process. Over 50 sponsors pulled ads from "The O'Reilly Factor," as calls for the network to fire the host increased. Two weeks ago, O'Reilly left on a pre-planned vacation as speculation heated up about whether or not he would ever return to the air. O'Reilly didn't receive much sympathy, except when Donald Trump came forward in an interview with the New York Times and gave his support to the Fox News host, while doubting the validity of the claim. On Wednesday, Fox News announced that they had parted ways with O'Reilly, but during a April 19 segment on CNN, one host decided to give his thoughts.
During Wednesday's "Anderson Cooper 360," host of CNN's "The Messy Truth" Van Jones ripped into both Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly, linking their troubled history with women.
"I've been sitting here just squirming trying to hold it in," Jones explained. "I have to point out that in any normal situation, Donald Trump has egg running down his head, his chest, his leg," Jones said, as he pointed out the president's aforementioned support of the host. Jones then went on to accuse Trump of "braggadocious predatory behavior towards women,"
"The President of the United States put his name behind this guy's name," Van Jones noted, before adding, "That's terrible." Optimistically, Jones noted that "people who care about women, and people who have functioning brain-stems are starting to win this battle." Jones went on to argue with fellow panelist Jason Miller, who previously worked on the Donald Trump campaign, over the issue at hand. Miller attempted to deflect the conversation onto the election results, claiming that Trump's support of O'Reilly was "overblown."
Despite Donald Trump openly coming to the defense of Bill O'Reilly, the host's days at Fox News are over with. With the spot now vacant, Tucker Carlson has now been bumped to the 8 p.m. time-slot, while "The Five" has been shuffled to follow at 9 p.m. As of press time, the former host of "The Apprentice" has not yet commented on O'Reilly's departure. #Bill Oreilly