CNN is reporting that representatives for Bill O’Reilly and Fox News have begun talking about an exit from the network for its biggest star. Officially, O’Reilly is due back on “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday, and sources in the O’Reilly camp continue to deny that he’s on the way out.
“A well-placed source said Tuesday afternoon that representatives for Fox and O’Reilly have begun talking about an exit,” CNN reports, adding: “Even one person close to O’Reilly … said he will probably not be back on ‘The O’Reilly Factor.'”
The report also notes: “Fox News will no longer even respond to questions about whether Bill O’Reilly will return to his show.”
“The fact that none of these sources were willing to go on the record speaks to the delicate maneuvering underway,” CNN notes. “The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, will hold a board meeting on Thursday, a spokeswoman told CNNMoney. One of the sources said O’Reilly will be a primary topic.”
The report adds: “The Murdochs, the men who control 21st Century Fox, are pointedly not commenting on any of this. But conversations inside Fox have already turned to possible O’Reilly successors.”