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Rupert Murdoch in Memo to Fox Employees: ‘I Understand How Difficult This Has Been’


Rupert Murdoch sent out a memo to Fox News employees this afternoon confirming the news of Bill O’Reilly‘s departure.

In the memo obtained by Mediaite, Murdoch touts O’Reilly’s years and years of ratings success, but also takes care to emphasize that they understand this has been a difficult time “for many of you.”

You can read the full text of the memo below:

Dear Colleagues:

I would like to address questions about Bill O’Reilly’s future at Fox News. After a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr. O’Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel.

This decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.

By ratings standards, Bill O’Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news. In fact, his success by any measure is indisputable. Fox News has demonstrated again and again the strength of its talent bench. We have full confidence that the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news. Please see attached for our new programming line-up.

Most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect.

I understand how difficult this has been for many of you. Thank you for your hard work, patience, and for the great job you all do delivering news and opinion to millions of Americans whose trust you earn every day. I look forward to even more success in the coming years.


Rupert Murdoch

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