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On tonight's episode of The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly-who is now in the middle of a big sexual harassment scandal-announced that he's taking a vacation and will be gone from his show until April 24, but a report from New York Magazine suggests that he might not actually get to come back at all.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday's show, O'Reilly told viewers that he always take a little R&R around Easter time.

O'Reilly insisted during his program that his trip was scheduled "last fall".

Fox News told reporters O'Reilly would return to hosting the show on April 24.

New York Magazine reported Tuesday, citing four network sources, that O'Reilly may not return to his show.

Amid the damaging sexual harassment allegations that have emerged against Bill O'Reilly this month, Fox News Channel's top-rated host announced he is taking a "vacation".

The announcement comes a day after Fox News' parent company 20th Century Fox confirmed it was investigating the allegations against the anchor, reports said. Two of the settlements reportedly came after former Fox News Chair Roger Ailes was dismissed from Fox News in another sexual harassment scandal.

The "Factor" has been on the air for two decades and is cable news' most popular and profitable program. Walsh, once a contributor to The O'Reilly Factor, claims she was denied a job as a paid contributor and eventually removed from the show when she refused to visit O'Reilly in his hotel suite. But if you look at the swirling disaster around him, this could be the end for The O'Reilly Factor. The newspaper also reported that Fox and Mr. O'Reilly agreed to pay $13 million to settle the cases filed by five women. O'Reilly has said that he settled the lawsuit to "spare his children the pain of messy public ordeals" and that he was targeted because he is famous.

According to research from Kantar Media, "The O'Reilly Factor" hit a low April 7 with only 4 minutes and 40 seconds of paid advertising. Trump recently told The New York Times, "I don't think Bill did anything wrong".

Lawyers for the law firm Paul, Weiss, hired last summer by 21st Century Fox to investigate Roger Ailes, are now doing a "deep dive" investigation into O'Reilly's behavior. "I shouldn't be laughing, but it's just so weird", says O'Reilly.

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