O'Reilly Still Denies Harassment Allegations After Fox News Ouster

The newspaper previously reported that Fox News and O'Reilly had made settlements with five female accusers that totaled about $13 million; O'Reilly has repeatedly denied the sexual harassment allegations against him.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File).

Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly appears on the Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor", in NY in 2007. At the time, O'Reilly said he planned to return to the program on April 24. Olbermann said that when he was working at Fox Sports in 1999, he helped a friend get a job at Fox News.

Bill O'Reilly is leaving the Fox News Channel, the network's parent company has announced.

"Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television". For two decades, O'Reilly has ruled the "no spin zone" with cable news' most popular show, and his ratings had never been higher.

And he keeps echoing in the broader media landscape.

During an appearance on Fox News' newly-branded "The Factor", former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee use a poorly-timed analogy to describe Donald Trump's apparent inability to "get a fair shake from the media", comparing it with one's inability to "kiss a woman leaning away from you". "I wasn't a fan of his", he said. His audience was larger in the first three months of this year than it has ever been, according to Nielsen.

Fitzsimmons said he wasn't surprised that O'Reilly was sacked.

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But Sherman said Murdoch's children believed it was time to sever ties because of the controversy, and other executives within 21st Century Fox were grumbling.

In a memo to Fox staff, the Murdochs said the decision followed an extensive review done in collaboration with an outside counsel. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox were down less than 1 percent at $30.50 in Wednesday afternoon trading. After the Pope's traditional Wednesday address, O'Reilly shook hands with Francis.

"It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims", O'Reilly said.

Last year, Carlson played a significant role in the resignation of former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who was accused of sexually harassing dozens of women during his tenure.

The "Factor" was the hub of O'Reilly's business, but he has many other spokes, including a line of best-selling books and stage shows at theaters. He's the network's biggest star, and his loss will likely be a major blow to Fox-but so was the exodus of advertisers from his program after the allegations arose.

O'Reilly and U.S. president Donald Trump were both "crowd-pleasing showmen who know how to signal to loyalists in their audience that they are not taking themselves quite as seriously as their detractors are", said news consultant Andrew Tyndall. "If you weren't doing anything you didn't have to apologize for, you wouldn't make a settlement", he said. No more silencing women!

O'Reilly's departure will not have any effect on Twenty-First Century Fox's overall profitability, said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research.

"Nation, shame on you". You failed him, you failed Bill O'Reilly.

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