Why Rupert Murdoch had no choice but to pull the plug on Bill O'Reilly

For more than 20 years, Bill O’Reilly has had it pretty good – and up until now, so has his employer, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News.

After joining the conservative network in 1996, the blunt-spoken, boorish Irish American – frequently accused of sexism, misogyny and racism – rose to become the network’s most watched anchor. Industry data shows that from 2014 to 2016, his show, The O’Reilly Factor, earned Fox’s parent company $446m.

But every good thing must draw to a close. Amid a mounting backlash from companies pulling advertising following accusations of sexual harassment levelled at the 67-year-old, Fox

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