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After The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday that UTA will no longer represent Bill O’Reilly on television projects, on Thursday the agency WME announced in a statement that it will not represent him on future book projects.
“We no longer represent Bill O’Reilly for future deals,” WME said in a statement. “It is our fiduciary responsibility to service the existing deals we have under contract, but we will not be working with him moving forward.”
On Monday evening, UTA informed the former Fox News host that it would no longer be representing him when his agreement with the company expires at the end of the year. O’Reilly has long been a client of N.S. Bienstock Agency, which was acquired by UTA in 2014.
Months after his departure from Fox News, O’Reilly is once again in the hot seat after The New York Times reported over the weekend that he personally forked over $32 million to a former Fox News analyst to settle a claim she made against him. O’Reilly has said that he’s being unfairly attacked by a publication that wants to hurt his career.
“Bill has already lined up new representation,” O’Reilly’s representative, Mark Fabiani, said Tuesday in a statement to THR. Fabiani would not reveal which agency has signed O’Reilly.
UTA’s move was not unexpected. Sources tell THR that UTA came under pressure from many of its liberal Hollywood clients to dump O’Reilly last spring when it was revealed that he had settled harassment claims after the sex harassment scandal engulfing former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
At that time, Fox News parent 21st Century Fox had taken a public stand against harassment and settled Gretchen Carlson’s claims against Ailes for $20 million, which included a rare public apology from the company.
Since leaving Fox News in April, O’Reilly has published the seventh book in his lucrative nonfiction Killing franchise and continues to host a daily newscast on his BillOReilly.com platform. In an interview with THR last month, he said he was mulling multiple offers to return to television and that he might have something to announce in October. “I’m a hired gun,” he said. “If you want me to do something, I’m absolutely willing to listen, but I’ve got to feel that the odds of success are high.”
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