Bill O'Reilly reacts to leaving Fox News; still denies harassment claims

Candice Alexander
April 21, 2017

This anonymous woman's report is a chilling reminder of the strong link between sexual and racial harassment - and the desperate need for action. O'Reilly could be totally innocent but when advertisers abandon ship, it's over.

Charles Herring, the president of Herring Networks, which owns OANN, said he expected Fox would replace O'Reilly with a highly capable host, but he's hopeful that "viewers migrate to One America News". The books in his "Killing" historical series, including "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Reagan", have consistently sold 1 million or more copies in hardcover, a rare achievement in publishing, and his platform on Fox enabled him to promote his work. The channel's majority owner is Fox News Channel parent company 21st Century Fox. He commented on the issue Wednesday, calling it "tremendously disheartening" and labeling the claims "completely unfounded", according to the Washington Post.

The host's top-rated program, The O'Reilly Factor, had recently suffered an exodus of advertisers amid revelations that O'Reilly, Fox News and 21st Century Fox had quietly paid out roughly $13 million in settlements to five women who had accused him of sexual harassment.

O'Reilly, who was with the network for 20 years, said he was proud of his time at Fox.

"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.

Southland attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents three women accusing ex-Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment, said Wednesday O'Reilly's ouster is a victory for victims who were courageous enough to come forward.

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

O'Reilly has been the host of The O'Reilly Factor since 1996. Eastern to the O'Reilly slot at 8 p.m. Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of doll.

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Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has chose to part ways with star cable news host Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, the company said on Wednesday.

Apparently, the extended "vacation" Bill O'Reilly had been taking from his show, "The O'Reilly Factor", was a cover story. O'Reilly was photographed in Rome shaking Pope Francis' hand on Wednesday.

It marks a stunning end to a near ideal marriage between a pugnacious personality and network.

It was a stunning fall from grace for one of the biggest USA media names, a veteran broadcaster at Fox News for two decades, who counted President Donald Trump among his personal supporters and whose ratings had soared regardless of alleged abusive behavior towards women dating back years.

"The real subtext to all this is that Roger Ailes, the founding chairman, the creative drive behind the success of Fox, was forced out last summer for sexual harassment". His trip came as Fox News Channel's parent company 21st Century Fox is investigating sexual harassment allegations against him.

Scores of companies yanked advertising from his show, the most popular in U.S. cable news watched on average by 3.98 million viewers in early 2017, according to Adweek.

O'Reilly and his lawyer have denied that he acted inappropriately.

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