Speaking on the rash of sex scandals enveloping Fox News as of late, Glenn Beck says he thinks the network is on its last legs.
“You better stand up now and figure out what’s really happening with this O’Reilly thing or you’re gonna lose Fox News,” Beck told listeners during a segment on his radio program.
Beck was referring to the recent ouster of Fox host Bill O’Reilly, who’s facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment from female Fox employees. Beck predicted that the TV host would be let go, and sure enough just hours later Fox made the announcement that O’Reilly was out.
According to the New York Times, five women have claimed they were paid either by O’Reilly or Fox News to settle harassment allegations designed to prevent them from pursuing legal action or publicly discuss the details. The alleged payouts totaled a sum of $13 million.
Beck said that since former Fox CEO Roger Ailes was ousted due to his own sex scandal, there would be nothing to stop Rupert Murdoch and his sons from cleaning out the network, whose ethical standards have come under serious scrutiny.
“Roger is now gone, Rupert’s children are now playing a big role in the future of Fox. That’s not going to bode well,” Beck said. “Those two things mean the end of the conservative Fox as we know it or have known it. The end is coming. The days are numbered.”
When news of the settlements broke, The O’Reilly Factor lost over half of its advertisers in a week.
O’Reilly denied the allegations in a statement posted on his website in early April, saying that his job made him “a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel.”
You can listen to Beck’s full comments here.