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Sacked news host Bill O'Reilly blasts 'unfounded' harassment claims

21 April 2017

O'Reilly's departure was a stunning reversal for a company that had long stood by him and considered him the network's top asset.

Even though at least one of the harassment cases against O'Reilly dated back more than a decade and was widely reported then, the accumulation of cases outlined in the Times damaged him much more extensively. O'Reilly has maintained his innocence.

The National Geographic channel has aired a series of adaptations of O'Reilly books, including "Killing Reagan" and "Killing Kennedy". The channel's majority owner is Fox News Channel parent company 21st Century Fox.

FILE - In this October 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in NY. "When we look at data, at what programs people report watching, you just don't find people who watch Bill O'Reilly and nothing else on Fox", Cassino said.

"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.

Media giant 21st Century Fox on Wednesday announced the ouster of Fox News television host Bill O'Reilly amid accusations of sexual harassment presented against him. Martha MacCallum, who has been hosting a seasonal special called The First 100 Days, is expected to continue at 7 p.m.

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At 7 p.m. EDT, Martha MacCullum remains in place.

Stephen Colbert, who mercilessly parodied O'Reilly on "The Colbert Report", paid tongue-in-cheek homage to the deposed host Wednesday on Colbert's late-night CBS show.

Rounding out the Fox prime-time lineup, "Hannity" remains at 10 p.m. EDT.

Fox didn't even wait until he returned from vacation in Europe to deliver the news. After the Pope's traditional Wednesday address, O'Reilly shook hands with Francis.

An internal 21st Century Fox memo obtained by ABC News said that the "decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel".

Again, O'Reilly denies the claims against him.

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Her claim was that Ailes had repeatedly propositioned her.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed O'Reilly was in the VIP section for the pope's Wednesday appearance.

The move came after the New York Times revealed in an April 1 story that O'Reilly and Fox News had reached financial settlements totaling close to $13 million with five women who filed complaints against the longtime host over the years.

It is not known exactly how Fox News will handle O'Reilly's exit or whether he would be allowed to say goodbye to viewers on the air, according to the NY magazine report. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal, a newspaper owned by the Murdochs, wrote that the company was preparing to cut ties with O'Reilly.

The combative host, who has worked at Fox for 21 years, is now on what he called a "long-planned break" but had originally meant to return to his nightly show on April 24.

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