I’ve been unemployed. It’s tough.

Of course, my unemployment and possibly your unemployment look a bit different than Bill O’Reilly’s unemployment.

After the news broke yesterday of the decision to take Bill O’Reilly from the Fox News lineup, there was a lot of talk about the reasons for his dismissal.

I think it’s probably a really safe bet to say that while the sexual harassment charges were troublesome, losing 90 sponsors upped the stakes, considerably.

Today, details of O’Reilly’s “severance pay” have been released.

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From The Hill:

Bill O’Reilly is set to receive a payout of up to $25 million after parting ways with Fox News on Wednesday, according to a Thursday report in The New York Times.

That amount is equivalent to one year’s compensation in O’Reilly’s reported four-year, $100 million contract for “The O’Reilly Factor.”

The report notes that for 21st Century Fox, “payouts related to sexual harassment allegations at Fox News now total more than $85 million.”

Get this part – around $65 million of that is from exit packages paid to the men who were released because of the sexual harassment cases.

Five women with charges against O’Reilly were paid $13 million in settlements.

Now, when I say “the men who were released,” I’m talking about two men: O’Reilly and CEO Roger Ailes.

Ailes received a $40 million payout for years of perv-y treatment.

So with Ailes, and now O’Reilly gone, can we expect the women of Fox News to begin dressing like journalists and not cocktail waitresses at a “gentlemen’s” club?

Sorry. That was snarky.

But still…