Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Jimmy Kimmel finds Bill O'Reilly's replacement


"After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel", the company said in a statement. Observers say his deep imprint on Fox and other cable news outlets as well as his influence on barbed political discourse will remain intact for the foreseeable future. The ouster of Ailes due to sexual harassment allegations last summer may have been disturbing, but meant little to viewers because it was off the air. "Fox News released an exclusive preview of his soon-to-be replacement", the late-night host told his audience on Wednesday before introducing a show dubbed The Guillerm O'Factor with Kimmel's right-hand man hosting its main segment, "The No La Vuelta Zone". Competing networks spent millions trying to compete with him and his gargantuan ratings and they never came close to beating his viewerships. Other analysts said the show brought in $325 million in ad revenue during 2015-2016, making it the top revenue producer of any show on Fox News, CNN or MSNBC. "But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today", he continued, alluding to the sexual harassment allegations. The Bill O'Reilly show is now called "The Factor".

Perino did not address the reasons for O'Reilly's dismissal. He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raised the bar for interviewers everywhere.

O'Reilly - who is now on a long-planned vacation in Italy and was seen shaking hands with the Pope in Vatican City this week - was officially outed by 21st Century Fox on Wednesday.

Conservative host Tucker Carlson will take over OReilly's old time slot.

Rupert Murdoch, the head of 21st Century Fox, becomes the channel's chairman and acting CEO. But the New York Times reported that two of the O'Reilly settlements were reached after Ailes left.

O'Reilly adds on his own show that "if somebody is paying you a wage, you owe that person or company allegiance".

Longtime Fox critics don't see it. Fox News has a "culture of harassment that did not start and does not end with Bill O'Reilly", said Rashad Robinson, executive director of the activist group Color of Change, which pressured advertisers to leave his show. Perquita Burgess, who is black, said O'Reilly leered at her, made grunting noises as he passed her desk and once referred to her as "hot chocolate".

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