Fox News dumps Bill O'Reilly over harassment claims
Since then, other complaints have been lodged, including one on Wednesday by a current Fox News contributor who said O'Reilly made inappropriate comments to her and encouraged her to show more cleavage at work. (Ailes received a $40 million payout when he left).
Responding to the news of his departure, O'Reilly said: 'It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.
O'Reilly said in an April 1 statement that he had been unfairly targeted because of his public prominence. As we mentioned earlier, Bill O'Reilly is leaving this chair and this network after more than 20 years.
O'Reilly's pugnacious personality wasn't just an onscreen affectation, with one of the settlements going to a woman who complained about being shouted at in the newsroom.
Following the report, O'Reilly saw a boost in ratings before signing off last Tuesday for what the network called a "long-planned vacation".
"Over the years, I have talked one or two times about Fox News host, and bold fresh piece of humanity, Bill O'Reilly", Colbert said. Its leading female star, Megyn Kelly, decamped for NBC in January. Eastern time, followed by "Hannity".
Deadline reported that In FNC's Mediabuzz, Howard Kurtz said his bosses severed ties to O'Reilly "after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior prompted the network to end his program".
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. "It is a loss for the media, as far as an alternative news source, anyway". I hope they're not true. But he remained busy outside his Fox News studio.
But he then turned to broadcast journalism, and after stints at stations across the country, as well as a correspondent for CBS News and ABC News, O'Reilly became host of the syndicated TV news magazine "Inside Edition".
The crisis has also threatened other aspects of the business at 21st Century Fox. The Murdochs lost out on that deal five years ago after the company was embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal and may not have wanted to leave anything to chance this time around. Personalities on news programs change all the time.
After decades of lies, Bill O'Reilly has officially been fired. "Were they watching?" Noah wondered.
Embattled Fox News host Bill O'Reilly had a brief handshake with Pope Francis on Wednesday as sexual harassment allegations dog him at home.
For the moment, O'Reilly's lucrative publishing career does not appear to be in dire jeopardy. His viewers could count on him each night to attack the so-called mainstream media's perceived bias, proponents of political correctness and the actions of Hollywood liberals.
O'Reilly had ruled the "no spin zone" on television with a quick smile and an even quicker temper.
The television presenter has authored several books and ranked at number one in the United States book chart just last week with his title Old School: Life in the Sane Lane (Henry Holt). O'Reilly's fans aren't likely to be happy about his losing his job, particularly on a controversy set in motion by the Times, a publication hated in conservative circles.