Bill O'Reilly Out at Fox News After Sexual Harassment Claims

The decision to turn O'Reilly loose appears to have been made between Tuesday and Wednesday by the Murdochs, the family who control the operations of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox.

Responding to the Fox announcement, Media Matters for America president Angelo Carusone, who had led a successful campaign to persuade O'Reilly's advertisers into dropping his show, said that the company could no longer withstand public pressure.

Up to four million viewers watched "The O'Reilly Factor" each evening, making it the most-watched cable TV program in 2016 and generating $446 million in ad revenues for Fox between 2014 and past year, according to a study carried out by Kantar Media.

Bill O'Reilly, the long-time host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News, is out following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

Tucker Carlson will take over the prime-time spot for the departing Bill O'Reilly, Fox News announced. Fox News Channel announced Wednesday O'Reilly has immediately departed the network.

We don't think anyone is denying the success of The O'Reilly Factor as a program - say what you will about the network or its political viewpoint, but ratings are ratings.

Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News.

The New York Times reported last month that Mr O'Reilly had paid up to $13 million in settlements to five women to settle harassment cases. O'Reilly's show has consistently topped the cable news ratings during his two-decade run at Fox News, and the firebrand conservative anchor had recently averaged almost 4 million nightly viewers in the first quarter of 2017.

O'Reilly's not the only rich white guy in a position of power at Fox who's been accused of sexual harassment/abuse - there's the deposed chief executive Roger Ailes who was famously sued by reporter Megyn Kelly and let go. O'Reilly released a statement of his own, stating, "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims".

The three also said they were confident in finding a successor and that the network would "continue to be a powerhouse in cable news".

O'Reilly said he would look back on his time at Fox "with great pride in the unprecedented success" achieved and with "deepest gratitude" to his "dedicated viewers".

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