Matt Drudge, the eponymous owner of the Drudge Report news blotter site, tweeted ominously on Tuesday about Fox News’ embattled show host Bill O’Reilly, writing that the latter "has had a tremendous run."
"Very few in the business get to decide when and how things end," the reclusive Drudge tweeted. "Media is most brutal of all industries..."
The rare tweet came on the same day that that a New York Magazine report noted that the sons of Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News, are currently considering to yank O’Reilly off the air because of claims of sexual harassment currently harrowing him. Later, on Tuesday evening, CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported Fox and O'Reilly discussing his departure.
Drudge similarly tweeted about former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes before his departure from the network after sexual harassment claims were made against him. Matt Drudge’s July 19 tweet last year was dubbed by the New York Times as "The tweet heard round the world."
"Shortly after 4 p.m., Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report website, wrote on Twitter that Roger Ailes was leaving as chairman of Fox News with a $40 million financial package, after an investigation into allegations that he had sexually harassed Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox anchor," reported NYT last year. "Accompanying the tweet was what appeared to be a separation agreement between Mr. Ailes and the network, which he founded 20 years ago."
Ailes resigned from Fox News the next day, but received a $40 million financial compensation package.
Drudge is believed to have trusted sources within media circles. However, Fox News has been publicly silent on reports regarding O'Reilly and exit talks and has not made any comment on the issue in one week. The same silence greeted rumors about Ailes’ departure last year. Sexual harassment allegations against O'Reilly are being examined by the same legal team hired by 21st Century Fox to investigate former host Gretchen Carlson’s claims against O’Reilly. "21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters," 21st Century Fox said in a statement on April 10. A board meeting is set for Thursday in order to discuss O’Reilly’s fate. He has continued to be absent from his show but is scheduled to return on April 24.
O’Reilly's attorney, Marc E. Kasowitz, released a statement on Tuesday claiming that his client is being subjected to an assault by liberals. "Bll O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America,” he said in a statement. “This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons. That evidence will be put forth shortly, and it is irrefutable.”
Another allegation against O'Reilly came on Tuesday from an African-American woman who is a former employee at Fox News. She has reported both sexual and racial harassment allegations against him. The anonymous plaintiff, who is not seeking monetary compensation, worked as a clerk at the network in 2008. She claims that O'Reilly would come to her desk to grunt like a “wild boar.” The plaintiff also claims that O'Reill would allow her to exit the elevator first and then declare, “Looking good, girl,” according to the woman's attorney. O’Reilly is also alleged to have peered at the woman's bosom and referred to her as “hot chocolate,” said the attorney.
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