It seems there's no rest for the wicked. On Monday night United Talent Agency decided it would part ways with disgraced former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly, choosing not to renew their contract, which is set to expire at the end of 2017. The decision followed a report by the New York Times on Saturday revealing that O'Reilly paid a reported $32 million settlement to Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News legal analyst.
O'Reilly, who had previously weathered sexual harassment allegations during his tenure at Fox News, was let go from the network in April after reports of earlier settlements with five different women totaling $13 million were made public and advertisers began pulling sponsorships.
Regarding the $32 million, Kelly later asked "What on earth would justify that amount, what awfulness went on?"
According to the New York Times report, the Lis Wiehl case "included allegations of repeated harassment, a non-consensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her."
Fox had previously paid $20 million to Gretchen Carlson to settle her harassment lawsuit against former Fox News chair Roger Ailes, but were determined to hold onto O'Reilly, in part due to the departure of their other top anchor, Megyn Kelly.
Speaking with HuffPost's Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for O'Reilly stated that he “has already lined up alternative representation.” Fabiani also released a statement attacking the credibility of the New York Times saying “Once again, The New York Times has maliciously smeared Bill O’Reilly. The Times ignored that evidence, sworn under oath, and chose to rely on unsubstantiated allegations, anonymous sources and incomplete or stolen documents.”