Gabe Sherman Breaks Down Struggle Over Fox’s Reported Decision to Fire Bill O’Reilly

Gabriel Sherman phoned into MSNBC on Wednesday to talk about his report saying that Fox News has officially decided to cut ties with prime-time giant, Bill O’Reilly.

Sherman explained that Rupert Murdoch and his family were trying to contain the details of their decision, but that they have entered “severance talks.” The news comes after various articles reported how Fox was preparing for an exit strategy, even though Sherman noted earlier this week that Murdoch refused to be pressured by external media sources.

Sherman said Murdoch was resistant to letting O’Reilly go, even though he was facing a “revolt” from senior executives from his various media properties over his decision. These executives reportedly said they wouldn’t tolerate Fox’s “rogue culture” anymore, and even Murdoch’s sons James and Lachlan opposed their father on the matter.

Sherman also noted that because of O’Reilly’s influence and large audience, the impact from his exodus could cause a much larger media shake-up than when Roger Ailes resigned as Fox’s CEO.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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