Before Bill O'Reilly announced his resignation with Fox New Channel, the conservative commentator's legal team were ready to make one final move: alerting 21st Century Fox of a leftist agenda to get the TV host fired from his job.
The New York Times revealed earlier this month that O'Reilly and his bosses paid about $13 million to five women in exchange for them not pursuing lawsuits or speaking about their cases.
CNN host Jake Tapper asked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday whether she experienced harassment or intimidation at Fox News when she worked there as a contributor.
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O'Reilly has chose to fight back after getting fired and he slammed the network, saying that: "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims". As a strong woman, I say we should be feel more empowered than that. Yet even as Fox gave up on O'Reilly, it sent him off with a reported $25 million severance package. O' Reilly said in a statement at the time that he had settled only to spare his children from controversy.
It's also possible the corporate culture under Roger Ailes - founder and former chairman and CEO of Fox who quit last July following allegations he had sexually harassed female colleagues - allowed such behavior to fester. "And I do know that when Fox News talked to settle with Andrea Tanteros they wanted to pay the settlement out as salary", Burstein said. (O'Reilly has denied the allegations against him.) The pundit also offered O'Reilly a unusual form of solace: living in a mountain cabin with him and Jon Stewart. "He let me off first, as gentlemen usually do", she said, "and I walked in front of him and as I was leaving the elevator, he said, 'Looking good there, girl".
O'Reilly, 67, has been the most recognisable face of Fox News for much of its 21 years, meaning his exit will test viewer loyalty.
"Well I think the key there is, you said I used to be with Fox", Palin emphasized, "I used to be with Fox".