Will he be allowed to say good-bye?

Here’s what Gabriel Sherman at New York mag has about O’Reilly’s purportedly imminent expulsion (isn’t that a nice triplet of latinate words?):

The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.

So they’re discussing how to prevent O’Reilly from taking them down with him? Or at least doing what he can to share his mud with them?

Good luck with that, fellas. He’s your guy; he’s done a lot to ruin the country; you reap what you fucking sow.

Sources briefed on the discussions say O’Reilly’s exit negotiations are moving quickly. Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (O’Reilly’s ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing him to have a sign-off, sources say.

Aww. It’s so sweet that he wants to say good-bye. Maybe he’s a nice guy after all.

The other thing they’re talking about is the money. He just signed a new contract for over $20 million year for X [NY doesn’t say] years – will they have to pay him the whole 20 x X? I hope they do, and then go bankrupt, while he blows it all over a weekend in Vegas.

The Murdochs’ decision to dump O’Reilly shocked many Fox News staffers I’ve spoken to in recent days.

And no wonder. It’s only women, after all – who cares?

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