Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Bill O'Reilly cut from Fox News

Bill O'Reilly cut from Fox News

The National Geographic channel says it has made no decision about its development of Bill O'Reilly's book "Killing Patton" following O'Reilly's exit from Fox News.

In a statement the conservative news channel said that "After a thorough and careful review of the allegations".

NY magazine reported Wednesday, based on unnamed sources, that Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox parent 21st Century Fox, had decided that O'Reilly was out and executives were planning the exit.

The decision, coming after advertisers had begun to flee his show, ends a more than 20-year career at Fox News for O'Reilly, a best-selling author as well as one of the most popular commentators on USA television.

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

Following the memo, Fox announced "Tucker Carlson Tonight" will begin airing an hour earlier to fill the time slot vacated byO'Reilly.

The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

Dana Perino, who had been subbing for O'Reilly who had been on vacation for the past few days, acknowledged his departure at the top of "The Factor".

She reported that in late 2007, O'Reilly told her in the makeup room that she should show more cleavage.

O'Reilly masterfully turned his Fox News bully pulpit into a springboard for his publishing pursuits. "He had the #1 cable news show for fifteen years... until today".

She also noted his devoted fans and their loyalty to the show.

While O'Reilly insisted he was independent - he described his program as the "No-Spin Zone" - he was more critical of progressive-leaning ideas and often decried the loss of what he called traditional American values that he believed in while growing up in a modest household in the Long Island suburbs during the 1950s and '60s.

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.

The audience booed, but Colbert cut them off.

"I owe a lot to Bill O'Reilly".

His show generated 178 million dollars (£140m) in advertising revenue in 2015, according to Kantar Media. There was the prospect of even more, with his audience larger in the first three months of 2017 than it has ever been. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox were down less than 1 percent at $30.50 in Wednesday afternoon trading.

Marc Kasowitz, O'Reilly's lawyer, said in a statement Tuesday that the television host "has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America".

Francis clashed with U.S. conservatives a year ago when he made comments aimed at then presidential-candidate Donald Trump, who had repeatedly called for tighter immigration and a border wall between the USA and Mexico.

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson on Wednesday urged Congress to pass legislation helping victims of harassment fight back in court. The news came before a board meeting on Thursday that had been expected to discuss O'Reilly's position.

O'Reilly said in the statement at the time that he had settled only to spare his children from the controversy.

"Fox News is a strong brand and the only game in town for millions of loyalists", Peyronnin said. Before the segment, the two discussed a bet they had made for dinner. Several suggested that Fox had essentially caved to a left wing campaign. After the news of O'Reilly's departure was introduced by "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier, Kurtz paraphrased much of his digital story.

"I assumed it was an opportunity to talk about careers and paid opportunities at Fox News".

In the internal memo, the Murdochs praised O'Reilly, saying, "By ratings standards, Bill O'Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news". He had other best-sellers, including "Bill O'Reilly: Culture Warrior", the memoir "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" and his most recent work, "Old School", which includes passages urging the respectful treatment of women.

Henry Holt also has an untitled O'Reilly book scheduled for release in September.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed O'Reilly was in the VIP section for the pope's Wednesday appearance.

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