O'Reilly is 'replaceable': George Will

Former Fox News contributor and Bill O'Reilly opponent George Will told CNBC Wednesday that O'Reilly is "replaceable," citing Tucker Carlson's success in replacing another former network star in Megyn Kelly.
 
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"Mr. O'Reilly on the air is reckless, coarse and bullying," Will said in discussing "The O'Reilly Factor" host's demise. "It turns out off the air he's reckless, coarse and bullying." 

Will and O'Reilly got into an infamous sparring match in 2015 while the former was still with the network. 

The syndicated columnist had written a negative review of O'Reilly's book "Killing Reagan" and questioned its historical accuracy. O'Reilly responded by calling Will "a hack" on the air and accusing him of lying.

Will said the insult was "like being called ugly by a frog" before sharing his advice for his former network moving forward in the post-O'Reilly era. 

"I think Fox News has to decide what it wants to be and who it wants to be news source for," he said.

“When Megyn Kelly left and they put Tucker Carlson in her slot, nothing happened,” he continued. “The ratings stayed strong, and the viewers were happy. 

“I have a feeling that Mr. O’Reilly is replaceable. As Charles de Gaulle said, the graveyards are full of indispensable men.” 

It was announced by 21st Century Fox Wednesday that the 67-year-old O’Reilly will not return to the network. 

"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,” the network said in a statement.

Reports emerged this week that 21st Century Fox was leaning toward ousting O’Reilly in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

O'Reilly was the most-watched hoist in cable news for the past 15 years.

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