Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

O'Reilly's bosses not commenting on reports that he's out

O'Reilly's bosses not commenting on reports that he's out

Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations.

O'Reilly lost his job on the same day he was photographed in Rome shaking the hand of Pope Francis.

NY magazine reported Wednesday, based on unnamed sources, that Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox parent 21st Century Fox, had decided that O'Reilly was out and executives were planning the exit.

Adweek notes that The O'Reilly Factor was not only the No. 1 cable news show in the first quarter of this year, it delivered the most-watched quarter in cable news history. It wasn't clear when those stories would end, with a group of women demonstrating in front of Fox's headquarters Tuesday and another woman, a former clerical worker at Fox, calling a harassment hotline and accusing the host of boorish behavior.

So to mark O'Reilly's departure, "The Late Show" issued a statement from O'Reilly's biggest fan, Colbert's alter-ego "Stephen Colbert". O'Reilly's success at appealing to like-minded viewers made him and Fox into cable news leaders.

The show itself will be removed from the lineup beginning Monday.

Tucker Carlson will replace O'Reilly in the 8 p.m. ET time slot.

O'Reilly had ruled the "no spin zone" on television with a quick smile and an even quicker temper.

His show generated 178 million dollars (£140m) in advertising revenue in 2015, according to Kantar Media.

O'Reilly's pugnacious personality was not just an on-screen affectation, with one of the settlements going to a woman who complained about being shouted at in the newsroom.

O'Reilly - who has denied the claims - has been off the air since last week, when he announced he would be taking a vacation.

The only way to end harassment is to shine a light on it. The sources say O'Reilly was very unpopular among staffers compared to colleagues like Sean Hannity. "This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O'Reilly for political and financial reasons".

Hours after Bill O'Reilly was sacked amid swirling sexual harassment accusations, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee went on the longtime Fox News anchor's old show and made an off-color analogy about not being able to "kiss a woman leaning away from you".

"Credit to James and Lachlan for doing the right thing here", said DiClemente, who noted that dealing with the O'Reilly controversy "in the right way" could be helpful for the Sky review.

That would be Bill O'Reilly, pushed out of Fox News Channel hours earlier. "Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News". At the time, O'Reilly said he planned to return to the program on April 24. Before and after the accusations, O'Reilly remained one of the most popular commentators on cable news.

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