Bill O'Reilly quits Fox News

Candice Alexander
April 21, 2017

The New York Times, which first reported the harassment settlements, said O'Reilly was an essential asset to Fox News.

NY magazine reported Wednesday that executives were preparing to announce O'Reilly's departure before his return from Italy and were holding emergency meetings to discuss how to sever the relationship without damaging the network.

And within Fox, the network's superstar, Megyn Kelly, was joining the battle, though she did so quietly.

The TV host has been the biggest star on Fox News for most its 21-year existence, generating huge ratings and earnings.

That put pressure on 21st Century Fox and the Murdoch family, which controls the company. O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that fi. On average, the show drew almost four million viewers per night, making it one of the most popular cable news shows in America. "The O'Reilly Factor" has generated a huge ad bonanza for Fox, one that yielded more than $178 million in 2015.

But many of O'Reilly's fans took to social media to express their unhappiness at losing their hero.

But a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss it confirmed that O'Reilly's status will be discussed at a previously scheduled board meeting of 21st Century Fox.

"Journalism has died in this country, there isn't any", Huckabee said before lamenting that Trump received "99.5%" negative coverage after making the completely unsubstantiated claim that his predecessor "wire-tapped" him during the campaign. Marc Kasowitz, O'Reilly's lawyer, said in a statement Tuesday that the television host "has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America".

Smith also called for Fox to release all employees from the mandatory arbitration and confidentiality clauses "that for so many years have silenced women and kept the harassers, enablers and retaliators in place".

It's also home to ambitions that the O'Reilly crisis may have hindered. Its previous effort died in 2011, a casualty of the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers. It's now trying again, although a United Kingdom media regulator must certify that the combined company would be a "fit and proper" owner of the broadcaster. He thanked his viewers and noted the success Fox had achieved. I complained to Roger Ailes, I was told the same exact thing "there is nothing we could do".

In a memo to Fox staff, the Murdochs said the decision followed an extensive review done in collaboration with an outside counsel. But Fox said Wednesday that wouldn't happen.

She said she was prepared to deal with the backlash from speaking out against O'Reilly order to make work "less toxic for our children".

NPR's David Folkenflik reports that Walsh went through Fox News' formal complaint process, alleging O'Reilly made unwelcome advances during what she believed to be a business dinner.

It is not known what words were exchanged between O'Reilly and Francis.

Perino said at the top of the show that, "We know you, his loyal viewers, will have a lot of feelings about it".

A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Fox News Channel's parent company fired Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into harassment allegations, bringing a stunning end to cable news' most popular program and one that came to define the bravado of his network over 20 years.

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