The “O’Reilly Factor” host has been weathering the storms of various sexual harassment claims against him — as well as the residue from Kelly’s defection to NBC News, which was seen as a major blow to the network.
Kelly, who was once viewed as the FOX network’s star of the future, was rumored to be in line for a huge payday at more than $20 million a year!
“Bill’s been green-eyed with jealousy over the way Megyn grabbed so much attention with her clashes with Trump during the campaign,” a source told The ENQUIRER.
O’Reilly came under fire last fall when his network settled lawsuits with two women who said that the TV newsman had sexually harassed them.
An investigation found that five women in total had reached settlements after making similar allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior.
He then went on morning television and offered his assessment of women who had come forward with complaints about the network.
“Let’s whack the Fox News Channel. I’ve had enough of it. It’s a good place to work. All right?,” said O’Reilly.
The comments infuriated Kelly, who fired off an email to Fox News executives complaining about his behavior and how it could effect women working at the company.
Despite her complaints, O’Reilly reiterated his stance in a scathing commentary on his “Factor” program that night.
“If you don’t like what’s happening in the workplace, go to human resources or leave,” exclaimed O’Reilly.
In the wake of his comments, more than 50 advertisers have pulled their spots from his show, and women’s and civil rights groups have called for O’Reilly’s dismissal.
However, his “O’Reilly Factor” show has continued to earn strong ratings — earning him much needed support from top network executives who continue to stand by him.
Despite the numerous lawsuits and the loss of advertising revenue, O’Reilly’s contract was even extended!
In her book, “Settle For More,” Kelly provided an account of being sexually harassed by the FOX network’s former chairman, Roger Ailes, who was eventually forced out.
That experience, along with skepticism about whether the network was committed to changing its culture led to Kelly’s departure.
Her frustrations escalated when O’Reilly appeared on “CBS This Morning” to promote his new children’s book, “Give Please a Chance.”
When host Norah O’Donnell asked O’Reilly about Kelly’s book, which had been published that day and included a chapter on sexual harassment and her issues at FOX News — he said he wasn’t interested in reading it!
“I am not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad,” responded O’Reilly.
Kelly then wrote in an e-mail to FOX brass that a man with O’Reilly’s history, “had no business publicly lecturing women inside or outside the company about sexual harassment.”
O’Reilly played a clip of his appearance on his show that night, stating he “was not amused” when “the conversation shifted to some problems the Fox News Channel had earlier this year.”
“Mr. O’Reilly cannot comment on what Megyn Kelly thought, or did or did not do, except to say she never raised any such issue with him, nor did anyone else,” said one of O’Reilly’s lawyers in a statement.
O’Reilly and Ailes continue to deny all of the allegations levied against them.