Steel claims her piece, which resulted in O'Reilly's termination, had nothing to do with the threat he made against her:
We were just trying to follow the facts of our story. We really had to dig to get this information. There's a reason why these settlements were for so much money, was to keep these women from talking. There was a lot of resistance.
Steel "was surprised when O'Reilly was fired." The network has protected its most popular host through many past allegations and other controversies. However, when advertisers began deserting the show in droves, the program became unprofitable despite its high ratings. It was then that Fox News fired O'Reilly, issuing a statement which said:
We want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect.
Reminder: Fox and O'Reilly TOGETHER paid the $13 million in settlements to women who accused the host of sexual assault.
But no matter how juicy the drama is in the public eye (very), Steel insists her loyalty as a reporter is to the truth and the truth alone:
The reason we did this story is we were just trying to follow the facts. We were really interested in unearthing what happened.
H/T - Mic, The New York Times, Twitter, CNN