Former “The O’Reilly Factor” host and Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly's honorary degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. has been revoked.
The school's website refers to the sexual harassment claims made against O’Reilly during his time at Fox News from 1996 until he was fired from the cable news channel last April. At one point, the network paid millions to settle harassment cases against him.
O'Reilly's connection to Marist dates back to 1971 when he graduated from the school with a degree in history. He was awarded an honorary degree from the college in 2001 when he gave its commencement address.
O’Reilly also donated $1 million to the school in 2015, according to a news release on Marist’s website. “To many, his reported payments of tens of millions of dollars and dismissal by Fox News lend credibility to the allegations against him,” the website statement reads. “Any form of sexual harassment or abuse is deeply contrary to the values of Marist College.”
A representative for O’Reilly could not immediately be reached for comment.