Bill O’Reilly Out at Fox News
Bill O’Reilly has been forced out of his position as a prime-time host on Fox News, the company said on Wednesday, after the disclosure of settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him. His abrupt and embarrassing ouster end his two-decade reign as one of the most popular and influential commentators in television. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, said in a statement
O’Reilly has stood firm in his denials. “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today,” he said. O’Reilly said, however, that he has been “extremely proud” of his show, “The O’Reilly Factor” and that he will look back on his time at Fox with “great pride” and says he only wishes the best for the network.
Earlier this month, a slew of major brands pulled their advertisements from Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” in the wake of the allegations of inappropriate behavior. The New York Times reported earlier in April that he or Fox settled five cases, totaling about $13 million. Inside the company, women expressed outrage and questioned whether top executives were serious about maintaining a culture based on “trust and respect,” as they had promised last summer when another sexual harassment scandal forced the ouster of Roger E. Ailes as chairman of Fox News.
“By ratings standards, Bill O’Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news. In fact, his success by any measure is indisputable. Fox News has demonstrated again and again the strength of its talent bench. We have full confidence that the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news,” an internal memo by Fox said.
The memo, signed by Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan, and James, also reiterated Fox’s “consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect.” CNBC confirmed that Tucker Carlson will take over the 8 pm ET time slot. The announcement of O’Reilly’s departure occurred as a current Fox News contributor forward yesterday with complaints that he made inappropriate comments to her.