Fox News has chose to part ways with star host Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, NY magazine reported on Wednesday, citing anonymous sources briefed on the discussions. Just hours before Bill O'Reilly was sacked by Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations on Wednesday, April 19, he was shaking hands with the holiest person in the world - The Pope!
"The O'Reilly Factor" has been canceled amid a cloud of harassment allegations against the conservative broadcaster.
"You better stand up now and figure out what's really happening with this O'Reilly thing or you're gonna lose Fox News", Beck told viewers of the channel during Wednesday's episode of The Glenn Beck Radio Program.
In a memo to employees, top execs at parent company 21st Century Fox said the "decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel". Its previous effort died in 2011, a casualty of the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers.
O'Reilly has largely remained quiet in the face of these accusations, though he has rejected them and said he agreed to the settlements only to protect his family.
"It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims", he said in the release.
He had initially planned to return to his The O'Reilly Factor show on April 24.
Fox also announced Wednesday that Tucker Carlson is moving into O'Reilly's coveted 8 p.m. time slot.More news: Hospital: Seattle officer in critical condition
In January, the network moved him to 9 p.m. after Megyn Kelly left. "Bill has been the undisputed king of cable news, and for good reason". The only way to know for sure is to be on the inside; from an outside point of view, the appearance is deeply troubling.
O'Reilly has enjoyed support in the White House, as well.
Bill O'Reilly, 67, had a pretty interesting day today, April 19, if you ask us.
NOW is calling for a thorough, independent investigation by New York City and state authorities into the culture of sexual and racial harassment at Fox News, and for appropriate accountability measures to be taken.
His show generated $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015, according to Kantar Media. With a profit center gone, 21st Century Fox stock fell nearly 1 percent Wednesday in heavy trading. O'Reilly was alleged to have slowed the careers of women who spurned his advances.
Walsh and the unnamed woman both reported their experiences to the Fox News hotline.
TMZ reports that he was forced out of his two-decade long position as a primetime TV host after numerous sexual harassment allegations by female co-workers were brought to light. While O'Reilly survived then, the accumulation of cases outlined in the Times damaged him much more extensively.
"The O'Reilly Factor" has been the most watched programme on Fox News and was coming off the highest-rated first quarter in its history, averaging 4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.More news: Killer of NFL's Will Smith gets 25 years for manslaughter
"If Fox News wants to signal that they're serious about addressing sexual harassment, they'll fire Bill Shine too".
O'Reilly's fill-ins - Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld - have drawn smaller audiences. Marc Kasowitz, O'Reilly's lawyer, said in a statement on Tuesday that the television host "has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America". Olbermann said that when he was working at Fox Sports in 1999, he helped a friend get a job at Fox News. The company is making "a pretty big statement" to that effect by dropping O'Reilly, said Hall, the American University professor.
And she hopes it will encourage others to do the same. His trip came as Fox News Channel's parent company 21st Century Fox is investigating sexual harassment allegations against him.
O'Reilly is also one of the country's most popular nonfiction authors.
The National Geographic channel has aired a series of adaptations of O'Reilly books, including "Killing Reagan" and "Killing Kennedy".
"Our plans have not changed", a spokeswoman said.
O'Reilly met the Pope in a VIP line at the Vatican and shook hands with the Catholic leader.More news: Diet soda study looks at dementia, heart risks
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