Showbiz Sandbox 363: With Bill O’Reilly Gone, Cable News Begins A New Chapter

April 24, 2017


After twenty years as the face of Fox News, Bill O’Reilly was responsible for nearly 20% of the network’s revenue. Even so, Fox made the decision to fire O’Reilly last week after reports that he had paid out settlements over the years to women accusing him of sexual harassment. At least, that’s how Fox spun the story, not wanting to admit the controversial news host was causing the network too look bad and lose advertisers.

O’Reilly wasn’t the first on-air host Fox News has lost over the last year. A string of anchors, including the popular Megyn Kelly left for new deals at other networks. With Fox’s entire primetime lineup upended so suddenly, other media outlets are beginning to make a move to overtake the top cable news network.

Meanwhile, China continues to issue release dates for big Hollywood movies at a rate that will likely surpass their own quota on imported films. One thing is for sure, none of the movies China approves will star Richard Gere. We’ll explain why.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including why it doesn’t matter that Netflix didn’t meet its quarterly subscriber goals, the return of “X-Files” and Kevin Spacey gets tapped for the Tony Awards.


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Richard Gere’s Studio Exile: Why His Hollywood Career Took an Indie Turn

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A Single Spy by William Christie – BookFilter

The Golden Passport by Duff McDonald

MTV Movie Awards Ditches Gender-specific Categories

Court Rules Fan Subtitles on TV and Movies Are Illegal

‘Wheel of Time’ TV Series Lands at Sony

SAG-AFTRA Blasts Accusatory Letter as Hollywood Labor Turmoil Accelerates

Netflix Nears 100 Million Subscribers, but Q1 Gains Fall Short of Expectations

Netflix Accuses Its Users of Watching 500 Million Hours of Adam Sandler Films
Tony Awards: Kevin Spacey to Host

‘Captain Marvel’ Finds Directors in Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

‘The X-Files’ Revived Again for 10 New Episodes at Fox

Bill O’Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News

What’s Bill O’Reilly’s Next Move?

With Bill O’Reilly Out, Fox Rivals See a Chance to Move In

Bill O’Reilly to Return With Podcast on Monday

NBC Will Launch Megyn Kelly News Series In June

Megyn Kelly’s ‘Today’ Show Hour Set to Begin in September

Erin Moran, Joanie on ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 56

Sandy Gallin, 76, Talent Manager Adored by Stars, Dies

J.C. Spink, Manager and ‘The Hangover’ Producer, Dies at 45