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Fox News addresses O'Reilly exit on air

Fox News addresses O'Reilly exit on air

The embattled primetime host is widely disliked at Fox News and its parent company 21st Century Fox, both feared and loathed for his outsized ego and rude temperament, according to six current and former high-ranking sources at the company. O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that fi.

"If Fox News wants to signal that they're serious about addressing sexual harassment, they'll fire Bill Shine too".

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The letter concluded with an apparent nod to morale problems within Fox News recently.

O'Reilly became embroiled in a similar scandal earlier this month.

"After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill OReilly have agreed that Bill OReilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel", 21st Century Fox said in a statement on Wednesday. A New York Times exposé revealed that O'Reilly and Fox had settled five separate sexual harassment cases for north of $13 million in total.

Roginsky's attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, said that the departure of O'Reilly was "an important next step to clean up Fox News and make it a respectful and professional work environment". Last July, Fox News's then chairman, Roger Ailes, was forced out amid allegations that he sexually harassed numerous women. Its leading female star, Megyn Kelly, decamped for NBC in January.

That certainly could happen, though it probably won't be easy.

As the network prepares for a future without O'Reilly, the question is whether its most popular host is similarly expendable or uncommonly hard to replace. The larger issue here is more of the he said, she said that is going on regarding whether or not O'Reilly is guilty of anything. O'Reilly's departure took place just weeks after an outside law firm for the company looked into the claims.

Beginning Monday, April 24, Tucker Carlson Tonight will take over the 8PM timeslot, broadcasting live from FNC's Washington, DC bureau. Eric Bolling, who had been a co-host of "The Five", is taking the 5 p.m. hour by himself, though his new show will not debut until May 1. He pushed a populist, conservative-leaning point of view born from growing up on Long Island, and was quick to shout down those who disagreed with him. Other analysts said the show brought in $325 million in ad revenue during 2015-2016, making it the top revenue producer of any show on Fox News, CNN or MSNBC.

Fox might also have found it financially risky let O'Reilly remain. Advertisers may have been reluctant to return if there were continuing harassment complaints.

It's also home to ambitions that the O'Reilly crisis may have hindered.

Rupert reportedly made this decision to fire O'Reilly after being pressured by his two sons. 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.

And, more than that, about 21st Century Fox's $14 billion bid for the British satellite service Sky TV, which depends on the British government finding the corporation to be a "fit" steward.


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