Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Fox News fires Bill O'Reilly after sexual harassment accusations


Representatives at Fox News and its parent Twenty-First Century Fox Inc were not immediately available for comment.

"Fox News is a strong brand and the only game in town for millions of loyalists", Peyronnin said. O'Reilly was alleged to have slowed the careers of women who spurned his advances.

"After a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Mr. O'Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel", the media kingpin said in a memo on Wednesday.

"You may not know this, but Bill O'Reilly was the biggest figure in the history of cable news", Noah explained, before launching a clip package of various ways in which O'Reilly argued white people are persecuted.

Opening his show, Colbert called O'Reilly - who was recently fired by Fox - "a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage", adding: "We all saw this coming at us, like an old man cornering an intern in the breakroom".

"I said, "Look, I am willing to give this another try, ' and he said, 'Sure" and I came on the show", Powers said. Very few in the business get to decide when and how things end.

Before the advertising boycott, there was the prospect of even more: his audience was larger in the first three months of 2017 than it has ever been.

Following the New York Times' report on April 1 that five women received settlements after accusing O'Reilly of sexual harassment or verbal abuse, Fox covered it only once: a brief mention on Kurtz's weekly media criticism program the day after the story was published.

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 group Media Matters for America, which is a vociferous critic of Fox News, said today that its efforts to organize an advertiser boycott of O'Reilly's show were legitimate.

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.

With a profit center gone, 21st Century Fox stock fell nearly 1 percent Wednesday in heavy trading.

The announcement followed growing reports that the corporation headed by Rupert Murdoch meant to sack the veteran host and just hours after the right-wing television personality was photographed shaking hands with Pope Francis in Rome.

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".

The decision to force out O'Reilly, 67, came after dozens of advertisers abandoned his highly rated program amid a barrage of sexual harassment allegations.

O'Reilly had ruled the "no spin zone" on television with a quick smile and an even quicker temper. He pushed a populist, conservative-leaning point of view born from growing up on Long Island, and was quick to shout down those who disagreed with him.

Don't expect O'Reilly to slip quietly away, said Annenberg's Hollihan. "If you weren't doing anything you didn't have to apologize for, you wouldn't make a settlement", he said.

O'Reilly was a ratings magnet at Fox - but it's hard to know how much of his audience would follow him to another network.

Henry Holt also has an untitled O'Reilly book scheduled for release in September. "I liked him. He was different from the others". "I wish only the best for Fox News Channel".

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