Macmillan backs Bill O'Reilly after Fox News sacking

Macmillan backs Bill O'Reilly after Fox News sacking

American TV host Bill O’Reilly's US publisher Macmillan is to stick by him after he was sacked from his Fox News talk show following the revelation that he has settled several sexual harassment cases.

O'Reilly left his show The O’Reilly Factor yesterday (19th April) which he has hosted since 1996, amid sexual harassment allegations. A statement from Fox parent company, 21st Century Fox, said: “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.”

In response, Macmillan imprint Henry Holt told Publisher's Weekly that it has no intention of altering its support of O'Reilly.

The television presenter has authored several books and ranked at number one in the US book chart just last week with his title Old School: Life in the Sane Lane (Henry Holt). In total it has sold 141,394 copies in three weeks. His biggest seller was Killing Lincoln, which in the US sold 1.9m copies in hardback in 2011. In total, according to Nielsen BookScan, O'Reilly has sold 15.7m books to date in the US.

O'Reilly hasn't managed to match his success in the UK, with Killing Kennedy his only title to chart, selling 3,772 copies since it was published in 2013 by Pan Macmillan, according to Nielsen BookScan.

Henry Holt also has an untitled O’Reilly book scheduled for release in September. Regarding this title, a Holt spokesperson told PW: “Our plans have not changed.”