Over the past year and a half, Fox News has gone through some dramatic changes, with many of the biggest hosts and producers at the network either leaving or being fired. In many cases, these hosts left in disgrace following a scandal, while in other cases, they jumped ship to another channel due to behind-the-scenes drama.
Aside from the obvious major stars who have been fired recently, there are also a few contributors who have quietly been axed that viewers might not have even been aware of. In a few instances, on-air talent departed on bad terms with Fox, including Megyn Kelly and Glenn Beck, but chose to leave and were not actually fired. Not everyone was so lucky.
Here are some of the Fox News hosts who have been suddenly let go by the network over the years.
1. Bill O’Reilly
Perhaps the most significant firing in Fox News’ history was that of Bill O’Reilly. For decades, he helped shape Fox into what it is today and hosted the top-rated show on cable news. But in April 2017, The New York Times reported that Fox News and O’Reilly had been settling sexual harassment lawsuits with women for years.
Television advertisers quickly began pulling out of The O’Reilly Factor. As this scandal was unfolding, O’Reilly announced that he would take a vacation that he had previously scheduled. Fox News soon said that O’Reilly would not return from that vacation.
O’Reilly now engages in political commentary on his website BillOReilly.com, but it does not appear that he will ever return to cable news.
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