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Fox News Has Cut All Ties With Bill O'Reilly

Fox News Has Cut All Ties With Bill O'Reilly

Dr Walsh is one of five women who have accused the top-rated prime-time host of sexual harassment.

O'Reilly masterfully turned his Fox News bully pulpit into a springboard for his publishing pursuits.

In a Wednesday memo to employees signed by all three Murdochs and provided to The Associated Press, Fox again emphasized its commitment to a workplace culture of "trust and respect".

But despite rising ratings, dozens of companies yanked their advertising from his show.

His exit came nine months after his former boss, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, was ousted following allegations of sexual harassment.

Hours after rival networks reported extensively on the ouster of its biggest star, Fox News finally addressed the departure of Bill O'Reilly on-air Wednesday evening.

"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.

O'Reilly worked hard to build himself into a bigger brand than many TV news celebrities.

Some said they rarely watched the show, which pulled in a nightly average viewership of 4 million. "The O'Reilly Factor" has generated a huge ad bonanza for Fox, one that yielded more than $178 million in 2015. When Kelly left her 9 p.m.

"Tucker Carlson Tonight" will take over O'Reilly's 8 p.m. time slot.

Bill O'Reilly has always been an imposing presence in cable news and the so-called culture wars. For two decades O'Reilly has ruled the "no spin zone" with cable news' most popular show, and his ratings had never been higher.

Neal Shapiro, a former NBC News president, agreed that the loss of O'Reilly is hardly fatal. "If they find the right talent, I think the Fox audience will quickly roll out the welcome wagon". But he remained busy outside his Fox News studio. As we mentioned earlier, Bill O'Reilly is leaving this chair and this network after more than 20 years.

ABC News has not been able to independently verify the claims made in it.

The crisis has also threatened other aspects of the business at 21st Century Fox. The controversy at Fox News led to speculation that it could threaten British approval of the company's proposed $22.9 billion purchase of British pay-TV provider Sky. "But you have to put some spine back into the Murdoch family and the Fox News Channel board because you are about to lose Bill O'Reilly".

O'Reilly lost his job on the same day he was photographed in Rome shaking the hand of Pope Francis.

By that time, the news had already generated considerable coverage on Fox's primary cable news competitors, CNN and MSNBC.

Stephen Colbert, who mercilessly parodied O'Reilly on "The Colbert Report", paid tongue-in-cheek homage to the deposed host Wednesday on Colbert's late-night CBS show. "Were they watching?" Noah wondered.

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.

The television presenter has authored several books and ranked at number one in the U.S. book chart just last week with his title Old School: Life in the Sane Lane (Henry Holt).

"This decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel".

Up to last week, the effects O'Reilly's scandal had on his program appeared mixed.


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