The Murdochs want Bill O'Reilly gone from FOX News (Report)

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Bill O'Reilly's reign as the undisputed king of cable news could be coming to an end as pressure on the Murdoch family to decide what to do with the embattled host intensifies.

The Daily Intelligencer's Gabe Sherman reports that three "sources with knowledge of the discussions" have said that the Murdochs are leaning toward dumping O'Reilly, who is currently on vacation — though no final decision has been made yet.

Sherman, who literally wrote the book on the inner-workings of Fox News, claims James and Lachlan Murdoch want O'Reilly out, while their father, Rupert, is still holding out hope of keeping the top rated host.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Talk Show Host Bill O'Reilly is seen on October 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0263 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill O'Reilly and host Jimmy Fallon on May 14, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Author Bill O'Reilly attends the 'Killing Jesus' World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on March 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: (L-R) The cast of Nat Geo's 'Killing Jesus' Haaz Sleiman, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Leonidas, Alexis Rodney, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Joe Doyle, Chris Ryman and Kelsey Grammer pose with 'Killing Jesus' book author, Bill O'Reilly (C) at the red carpet event and world premiere of National Geographic Channel's 'Killing Jesus' at Alice Tully Hall on March 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for National Geographic Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: 'Killing Jesus' book author, Bill O'Reilly attends the red carpet event and world premiere of National Geographic Channel's 'Killing Jesus' at Alice Tully Hall on March 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Bill O'Reilly appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0142-- Pictured: (l-r) Bill O'Reilly during an interview with host Seth Meyers on December 17, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Bill O'Reilly (R) interviews Katie Couric during her visit to 'The O'Reilly Factor' at FOX Studios on May 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Rob Lowe talks to host Bill O'Reilly at Fox News' 'The O'Reilly Factor' at Fox News Studios on April 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: Bill O'Reilly attends the National Geographic Channel's 'Killing Kennedy' World Premiere at The Newseum on October 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: TV personality Bill O'Reilly enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on October 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Television host Bill O'Reilly is seen exiting'Good Morning America' studios on May 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: Bill O'Reilly, host of FOX News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, waits for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama during an event about Obama's 'My Brother's Keeper' initiative in the East Room at the White House February 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. As part of his 'Year of Action,' Obama announced a $200 million commitment from nine foundations to bolster the education and employment of young men and boys of color. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0170 -- Pictured: Author Bill O'Reilly on November 25, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: TV Personality Bill O'Reilly attends An Evening with Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera at 92nd Street Y on June 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly attend the game between the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on November 30, 2014 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: (L-R) TV Personalites Geraldo Rivera and Bill O'Reilly attend An Evening with Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera at 92nd Street Y on June 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: Bill O'Reilly appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Bill O'Reilly attends the 11th annual Giants of Broadcasting Honors at Gotham Hall on October 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
THE VIEW - (10.1.13) Today's guest co-host is Jason Biggs ('Orange is the New Black.') Guests include Bill OReilly (author, Killing Jesus); Matt Long and Lorraine Bruce (ABC's 'Lucky 7') on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) BARBARA WALTERS, BILL O'REILLY
Regis Philbin talks with Bill O'Reilly, of the O'Reilly Report, during the Court TV celebration of it's 10th anniversary at American Park inside Battery Park in New York City on July 18, 2001. photo by Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect
Bill O'Reilly attends the benefit for Homeless Children on November 16, 1989 at Letizia Restaurant in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4420 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill O'Reilly during an interview with host Jay Leno on March 1, 2013 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Bill O'Reilly appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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According to the insiders, Lachlan was initially on his dad's side, but is moving toward's James' direction in recent days.

"The three are fighting," the insider said.

Sherman goes on to argue that "deciding O'Reilly's fate is more complicated than the decision to oust Ailes last summer."

O'Reilly has dominated cable news for 16 consecutive years and is considered the network's marquee show. His exit could have detrimental effects on Fox News' overall ratings. Another Fox News insider tells Sherman Rupert doesn't want to fire O'Reilly because it would look like he was forced into it by the New York Times.

The paper first broke the news that Fox News and its top host paid a whopping $13 million to women claiming they were sexually harassed by O'Reilly.

Women who have left FOX News:

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Megan Kelly

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Gretchen Carlson

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Greta van Susteren

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Andrea Tantaros

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Laurie Dhue

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck 

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Alisyn Camerota 

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The fact that O'Reilly has been hemorrhaging advertisers in recent weeks isn't helping. One network insider told Sherman that Fox executives are "alarmed" by the loss of ad-revenue.

The Murdochs are also worried about their $14 billion deal to takeover European pay-TV firm Sky, which is pending the approval of British regulators on May 16. Without the O'Reilly ick factor, the deal has a better chance of getting the green light.

Meanwhile, female Fox News employees are increasingly uneasy with the Murdochs for not doing enough to address the company's culture of sexual harassment following Roger Ailes' ouster, according to multiple reports.

One Fox female executive told Sherman on Monday that morale was "awful," with some adding that employees wondering if budgets have been cut to accommodate sexual-harassment settlement payments in the tens of millions.

A Spokesperson for Fox News did not respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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Rupert Murdoch arrives to the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman News Corporation looks on during a panel discussion at the B20 meeting of company CEO's on July 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Over 350 business leaders have gathered in Sydney for the 2014 B20 Summit to discuss and determine policy recommendations ahead of the G20 Leaders Meeting in Brisbane later this year. (Photo by Jason Reed - Pool/Getty Images)
Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch is driven away from his home in central London, on June 26, 2014. News Corporation executive chairman Rupert Murdoch was in London, amid reports that police want to question him in the wake of the phone-hacking trial. The 83-year-old US-based media mogul flew into London, after the high-profile trial concluded with the conviction of Andy Coulson, one of his former British newspaper editors. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Rupert Murdoch listens to U.S. President Barack Obama make remarks at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting, at the Four Seasons Hotel, on November 19, 2013, in Washington, DC. Obama discussed immigration reform and the health care rollout, among other topics. (Photo by Drew Angerer-Pool/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: News Corp executive chairman, Rupert Murdoch talks on October 31, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Murdoch delivered the 10th annual lecture at the Lowy Institute's annual black tie event in Sydney. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: News Corp executive chairman, Rupert Murdoch talks on October 31, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Murdoch delivered the 10th annual lecture at the Lowy Institute's annual black tie event in Sydney. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Australian press baron Rupert Murdoch gives a press conference at the Great Eastern Hotel in Liverpool Street, London, to report on his proposed take-over of the News of the World, the paper with the world's largest circulation, 24th October 1968. (Photo by Jim Gray/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Australian Businessman and media tycoon Rupert Murdoch (right) with U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) at the White House, 1962. On the left is editor of the Sydney Daily Mirror, Zell Rabin (1932 - 1966). (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1986: Australian publisher and newspaper magnate, Rupert Murdoch. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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