>> Fox News star Bill O'Reilly has been off the air since last week on vacation, but his time away could become permanent. His alleged sexual harassment misdeeds costing Fox News and owner Rupert Murdoch millions of dollars in legal settlements, and now threatens to undermine Murdoch's $14.5 billion deal to buy British broadcaster Sky.
Reuters' breaking views columnist, Jen Saba explains.>> The Murdochs really wants Sky, and Bill O'Reilly can complicate the deal. Because at the moment, British regulators are looking to see if the Murdochs are, quote, unquote, fit and proper to own the entirety of Sky. And what happened the last time they went after it was the British hacking scandal made the whole thing fall apart, because they own Sky News and there were concerns that the Murdochs had too much influence in Great Britain.
Bill O'Reilly could be a problem, because they're probably looking at the United States saying, what's going on over here? Could the same thing happen in Great Britain for Sky News?>> Concerns O'Reilly is hurting the brand, forcing a battle between Rupert Murdoch and his sons, who want to part ways with the cable TV host before he returns to work on Monday, according to New York magazine.
Adding to O'Reilly's problems, new allegations of sexual harassment emerging Tuesday. Attorney Lisa Bloom tweeting that she is now representing an anonymous female who came forward via the Fox News hotline. The African American woman claims O'Reilly made lewd sounds and called her hot chocolate in 2008, according to a media report.
All this, along with the more than 50 advertisers who have pulled ads from O'Reilly's top rated show. An attorney for O'Reilly telling media outlets the latest allegation is part of a campaign to destroy him.