O'Reilly is out at Fox but influence endures; career too?

The O'Reilly Factor, for now, is simply "The Factor", dropping O'Reilly's name from the show's branding.

Following the memo, Fox announced "Tucker Carlson Tonight" will begin airing an hour earlier to fill the time slot vacated byO'Reilly.

"After a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Mr. O'Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel", the statement said.

Vanity Fair notes that some people in the Fox News newsroom cried over O'Reilly's departure, while other folks were overjoyed, which seemed to mirror the reaction Twitter.

Fox News announced earlier Wednesday it was terminating O'Reilly, who reportedly has had to spend a total of $13 million to settle a number of sexual harassment lawsuits. Since then, another unnamed woman at Fox News came forward to accuse O'Reilly of sexual harassment this week. As a result, advertisers moved their spots out of his program, "The O'Reilly Factor", which has the highest ratings in cable news.

Representatives at Fox News and its parent, Twenty-First Century Fox, were not immediately available for comment about how O'Reilly might be replaced. "I think he's still a hot commodity".

"In a statement of his own released later Wednesday afternoon, O'Reilly said, "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims".

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer). A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

"It's like looking at your front yard and the big oak tree is just gone", Colbert said. FILE - In this October 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in NY.

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Powers said she quit O'Reilly's show, but returned three years later.

He was photographed in Rome shaking Pope Francis' hand on Wednesday.

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

Huckabee then complained that the president's dubious claim that his predecessor "wire tapped" him during the 2016 presidential election received overwhelmingly negative coverage from newscasters (presumably because it's not true).

One former Fox personality, Juliet Huddy, said she pulled away and fell to the ground when he tried to kiss her, and he didn't help her up, the Times reported.

"This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O'Reilly for political and financial reasons".

But even after the ouster, some employees said they were skeptical about whether the treatment of women at Fox News would actually change. 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. "These corporations have known about O'Reilly for a long time".

Francis always swings by the VIP seats at the end of his audience for a quick round of handshakes.

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