21st Century Fox says they knew about the harassment claim, but they chose to renew his contract because O'Reilly assured them the matter had already been dealt with privately and they were unaware of the full scope of the settlement.
In a new report out Saturday morning in the New York Times, it turns out that disgraced former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly settled ANOTHER sexual harassment claim from a co-worker earlier this year... for a whopping $32 million.
"After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel", 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, said in the statement in April.
O'Reilly's lawyer disputed Wiehl's characterization of their relationship and said the host's relationship with the network analyst was an 18-year friendship during which she sometimes gave him legal counsel. Walsh's complaint had followed the disclosure in the New York Times that a total of $13 million in payouts were made by O'Reilly and Fox News to five women who asserted they were sexually harassed or verbally abused by the host over the last 16 years. The new round of harassment allegations also seemed to threaten British approval of 21st Century's multibillion-dollar purchase of Sky Broadcasting, a British-based satellite service.
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According to the Times, Fox negotiated his contract to include new provisions that would allow O'Reilly to be let go if new allegations came to light.
O'Reilly, long the highest rated personality on the cable news network, was sacked April 19.
In a brief interview on Saturday following publication of the Times story, O'Reilly declined to discuss details of the settlement with Wiehl, citing a confidentiality agreement.
The report claims that the case was settled just 15 days after the complaints were made in January. "His new contract, which was made at a time typical for renewals of multi-year talent contracts, added protections for the company specifically aimed at harassment, including that Mr. O'Reilly could be dismissed if the company was made aware of other allegations or if additional relevant information was obtained in a company investigation".
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The new Times story comes at a time when O'Reilly is actively seeking a new TV commentary job. Still, he was granted a four-year extension that paid him $25 million a year in February.
The disclosure of the Wiehl settlement is likely to derail any hopes O'Reilly had of making a television comeback.
"She replied, I know you did, I know".
January 10, 2017: The New York Times reported Fox News had settled with a employee named Juliet Huddy, paying her a high six-figure settlement over alleged harassment from O'Reilly.
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Wiehl had been a regular on "The O'Reilly Factor" for well over a decade.