Bill O´Reilly loses job at Fox News amid harassment allegations

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Advertisers had been pulling from O'Reilly's nightly nightly talk show amid the allegations, parent 21st Century Fox said earlier this month that the company was investigating one of the claims.

Fox News Channel on Wednesday released its new weekday evening lineup after 21st Century Fox announced that longtime host Bill O'Reilly would not be returning to the network.

The final question hanging in the wake of his termination is whether Tucker Carlson, who Fox News announced will be taking over O'Reilly's coveted 8:00 p.m. ET time slot, will be able to win over O'Reilly's audience.

Bill O'Reilly in September 2004.

O'Reilly remained defiant, calling it "disheartening" that he was pushed out of the network "due to completely unfounded claims".

Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly, left, and Stephen Colbert, host of "The Colbert Report" on Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central, appear during an interview on the Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor", Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, in NY.

O'Reilly has denied all allegations made against him.

As the controversy snowballed dozens of advertisers yanked their commercials from his program.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan are co-executive chairmen of the company and son James is chief executive officer. "But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today", he said.

His show's viewership increased the week after the story appeared - O'Reilly did not address it on the air - and has sunk since he went on holiday.

O'Reilly, a devout Catholic, has not commented on the split but was photographed shaking Pope Francis' hand in Rome on Wednesday.

New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal reported O'Reilly's forthcoming demise, but the final decision still came as something of a shock.

"In fact, his success by any measure is indisputable", according to the memo. It's the only time that Fox is specific about O'Reilly's history at the company.

But what matters more than ad sales is how O'Reilly's ousting will potentially impact affiliate fees, or the portion of cable and satellite subscription costs that gets paid to the specific network, DiClemente said.

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"I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person", Trump said.

At the time of the Ailes situation, the company stated that it does not tolerate behavior that, "disrespects women or contributes to an uncomfortable work environment".

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