Bill O'Reilly loses job at Fox News following sexual harassment allegations

The company said Wednesday that it had parted ways with longtime host Bill O'Reilly after a "thorough and careful review of allegations against him". The women were paid in exchange for their silence and an agreement not to sue.

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.

The episode, which aired just hours after O'Reilly's dismissal earlier in the day, displayed a title card that simply read The Factor.

Furthermore, women inside Fox News questioned the company's commitment on maintaining a culture based on "trust and respect", as was promised when chairman Roger E. Ailes was ousted due to sexual harassment claims past year, according to The New York Times.

It is not known exactly how Fox News would 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. Fox News' Dana Perino sat in on Wednesday night.

Murdoch, who is executive chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox, also wrote the company is committed to "fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect".

The network says Tucker Carlson will replace O'Reilly's show at 8 p.m. On May 1, Eric Bolling, a co-host of "The Five", will debut an hourlong show in the 5 p.m. slot. He pushed a populist, conservative-leaning point of view, and was quick to shout down those who disagreed with him.

But it was O'Reilly who created the template for how to succeed in cable TV punditry, delighting his viewers with unapologetic attacks on liberal politicians and media members that he delivered with gusto. His No. 1 cable news show made about $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015. His audience was larger in the first three months of this year than it has ever been, according to Nielsen.

The National Geographic channel has turned several of O'Reilly's books into TV movies.

O'Reilly's lawyers said he was the victim of an orchestrated campaign by liberal organizations like Media Matters for America, which contacted his advertisers to pressure them to leave the show. It also prompted dozens of companies to drop advertisements on "The O'Reilly Factor", long the most watched show on cable news.

But even after the ouster, some employees said they were skeptical about whether the treatment of women at Fox News would actually change.

Bill O'Reilly has been sacked from his Fox News role. He went on vacation and was scheduled to return from vacation in Italy next Monday.

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

Even though at least one of the harassment cases against O'Reilly dated back more than a decade and was widely reported then, the accumulation of cases outlined in the Times damaged him much more extensively. "He's been the linchpin" of the lineup, said Jane Hall, an American University professor and former Fox contributor, who noted that it will take a while to see whether his loyal audience sticks with O'Reilly's replacement.

Kelly exited Fox News for a position with NBC News. Such tickets can be obtained via special request to the papal household from embassies, high-ranking churchmen or Vatican officials.

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