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Stephen Colbert Still Reeling From Loss Of Bill O'Reilly

21 April 2017

Bill O'Reilly is leaving Fox News with a payout of up to $25 million U.S. dollars, the equivalent of one year of his salary, two people briefed on the matter have confirmed earlier today.

Fox News parted ways with O'Reilly on Wednesday, when 21st Century Fox made the announcement. But CNN reports that Fox, knowing that The New York Times was investigating harassment charges against O'Reilly, worked language into his contract giving them an "out" should the network see fit to rid itself of him before then.

First, Tomi Lahren is no longer allowed to do her online show for the The Blaze, and now, longtime FOX News political commentator, Bill O'Reilly has been let go from the network he's been a part of for 20 years. As a strong woman, I say we should be feel more empowered than that.

On Thursday, The Financial Times and others reported that O'Reilly would receive the sum equivalent to one year's salary, estimated to be up to $25 million.

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

Palin was, of course, reacting to the ouster of Bill O'Reilly, who along with the network settled multiple sexual harassment suits over the years.

It took an advertisers' exit to force the issue, pushing Fox News to dump cable's most-watched news host.

UPDATE 2:45 P.M.: This post was updated to reflect the New York Times reporting on O'Reilly's buyout. Burgess, who is black, says O'Reilly leered at her and made grunting noises when he passed her desk and once referred to her as "hot chocolate".

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Vanity Fair reported the newsroom reactions to O'Reilly's departure were mixed.

Ailes, O'Reilly and Murdoch & Sons, who enabled them for decades, have demonstrated that it would be more accurate to call Fox News, Pig News.

Nine months earlier, Roger Ailes was sacked as chairman of Fox News over sexual harassment claims and received a $40 million payout.

According to Politico, O'Reilly saw Media Matters' effort as a politically motivated, "left-wing plot" to get him fired, but he stopped short of bringing that email to the attention of 21st Century Fox executives.

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