Former Fox News fixture Bill O’Reilly has been dumped by his talent agency following the disclosure over the weekend of a $32 million payout settling a sexual harassment claim against him, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Bill O’Reilly is no longer a client of the talent agency UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned,” the publication reports. “The agency on Monday evening informed the former Fox News host that it would no longer be representing him when his agreement with the company expires at the end of the year. O’Reilly has long been a client of N.S. Bienstock Agency, which was acquired by UTA in 2014.”
The report quotes O’Reilly rep Mark Fabiani saying in a statement: “Bill has already lined up new representation.”
“Fabiani would not reveal which agency has signed O’Reilly,” THR adds.
Meanwhile, new reports today suggest that O’Reilly may have his route back to TV mapped out. NBC News reports that O’Reilly “has been negotiating for a position with the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest television-station owner, according to two sources familiar with the talks.”
The report adds: “Sinclair, known for its conservative commentary, is continuing with the talks despite the sexual harassment cases that cost O’Reilly his job at Fox this year, the sources said.”
NBC News notes that a spokeswoman for Sinclair denied that the company is in talks with O’Reilly.
Sinclair currently has 173 stations in its portfolio. It is in the process of completing an acquisition of Tribune Media, which will increase its total to 220 stations if the deal gets regulatory approval. Many of the Tribune Media stations are affiliated with Fox Broadcasting.