Well, that didn’t take long.
Yesterday, we told you that Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly and changed their entire primetime lineup. There’s still a little bit of float time between now and when the lineup officially goes into effect. So, “The O’Reilly Factor” still has a few episodes until it’s completely gone.
According to this, however, the network has already made some pretty obvious changes with how they’re packaging the show. Last night, Dana Perino (who was subbing for O’Reilly while he’s on vacation) introduced a newly renamed “The Factor” –
And according to the sourcelink, Dana got to make one mention of Bill’s absence from the network at the end of the show, but that was it –
‘Finally tonight, it is the end of an era here at the Fox News Channel.
‘As we mentioned earlier, Bill O’Reilly is leaving this chair and this network after more than 20 years.
‘Bill has been the undisputed king of cable news and for good reason.
‘He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raised the bar for interviewers everywhere.
‘He has also held his staff to exacting standards in his quest to put the best possible program on the air and they are great.
‘And you his audience responded in record numbers making The Factor the number one cable news show for more than 16 years. You have also been loyal and we can’t tell you how much that means to everyone on The Factor.
‘In the memo to The Factor staff today, Rupert Murdoch described Bill this way: ‘In fact, his success by any measure is indisputable. We wish him the very best.’
‘I’m Dana Perino, thanks for watching us, I’ll be here again tomorrow, goodnight.’
Soooo, it kind of looks like O’Reilly’s just… gone.
Here’s O’Reilly’s statement on his firing –
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) April 19, 2017
Kind of an expected reaction from him. Though it’s kind of weird that they didn’t wait for him come back from vacation before canning him like that.
I don’t know – the whole situation is strange. True, O’Reilly wasn’t my favorite Fox personality, but he had interesting guests and fun segments (I always enjoyed seeing Dennis Miller on his show). But I haven’t had cable TV in my house for several years, so it’s not like I’ve been able to watch Fox News (or any conventional TV channel) on a regular basis for a long time. If I suddenly had TV again and could watch Fox News, I don’t think I’d recognize the network anymore.
To be truthful (and this is probably an unpopular opinion), I don’t miss it all that much. Not just watching Fox News, but watching TV in general. I’ll stick with what I get on Netflix and Hulu and on the internet. It’s much cheaper.