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In Midst of Sexual Harassment Scandal, Bill O'Reilly Announces a Vacation
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12 Apr 2017 03:07 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Bill O'Reilly (Image Source: Screenshot)

It's not looking too good for Bill O'Reilly lately.

The word "besieged" comes to mind. And now he's heading for the hills and taking a vacation from The O'Reilly Factor. He claims this vacation has been on the books for awhile, but it's a little hard to ignore the convenience of it all.

First the news was published that he and Fox News had settled at least five sexual harassment lawsuits against him in the past to a tune of $13 million, then an additional woman, Dr. Wendy Walsh, came forward and called the Fox News hotline to report that the conservative news host had harassed her as well. Fox has asked the law firm of Paul Weiss to investigate her claim.

And throughout it all, the only supporter he seems to have is the President who has had his own share of sexual harassment claims against him.

Then on Tuesday night, O'Reilly announced on his show that he would be going on vacation for nearly two weeks. Mark Fabiani, his spokesperson, said that it's a family trip that was planned back in October, complete with airline and hotel reservations. And while it's true that he does usually get a respite every year around Easter, his last few didn't last as long as nearly two weeks.

O'Reilly is scheduled to return to his show on Fox News on April 24. While he's gone there will be substitute hosts on a rotating basis. But there is much speculation that he may not come back, although a spokesperson for Fox News is denying that.

"Other than the vacation guest hosts, The Factor broadcast will remain unchanged until Mr. O'Reilly's return post-vacation," added Fabiani.

CNN reports that a source close to the situation said that Rupert Murdoch, the Executive Chairman of Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox, wants to keep O'Reilly on the air at the conservative news network, but his son James, the CEO of 21st Century Fox, disagrees with him. However, 21st Century Fox had just renewed O'Reilly's contract very recently.

It has not been announced where O'Reilly will be vacationing. Fabiani only said that the plans were finalized last October and that the vacation "involves a group of people, and the time coincides with the period Mr. O'Reilly often takes off in and around his children's spring break."

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