CNN reported that the host will probably not be back on his hit Fox News show. O’Reilly has been in the middle of a sexual harassment scandal since the New York Times reported that the host and Fox News have paid five women a total of $13 million in exchange for not pursuing litigation relating to accusations of sexual misconduct. A new accuser emerged Tuesday, alleging O’Reilly sexually and racially harassed her.
Now, it’s being reported that O’Reilly was one of the reasons Megyn Kelly suddenly left Fox News back in January.The Hill reported that Kelly was angry at O’Reilly due to his criticism of her for publicly discussing sexual harassment she experienced at Fox. She reportedly emailed executives at Fox complaining about O’Reilly’s behavior during his appearance on “CBS This Morning” in November. During that appearance, he slammed Kelly for talking about how former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes allegedly sexually harassed her in a book she released the same day as his interview. “Look, it’s open season,” O’Reilly said when asked about Kelly’s claims. “Let’s whack the Fox News Channel. I’ve had enough of it. It’s a good place to work. All right?”Four different sources have confirmed Kelly emailed Fox News executives warning them of the intimidating impact O’Reilly’s remarks might have on women who had faced harassment. Though O’Reilly was aware of Kelly’s email, he delivered a second public scolding later that evening. He did this despite the fact that one of his producers begged him not to.“If you don’t like what’s happening in the workplace, go to human resources or leave,” O’Reilly said on his prime-time show.Two sources say Kelly left Fox News partially due to O’Reilly’s behavior and how her former network handled it.