Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Bill O'Reilly let go by Fox News

"You need to write and call Fox News Channel today and tell them, you can lose your advertisers or you can lose your viewers", Beck said on his radio show hours before the firing. It'll be inneresting to see if O'Reilly pops back up on our TV screens at the end of April.

O'Reilly is on a two-week vacation that on Wednesday took.

A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File).

Powers said she also complained to then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Twenty-First Century Fox had tapped the law firm Paul, Weiss Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which also looked into the allegations against Ailes, to investigate O'Reilly's conduct.

21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, released a statement Wednesday afternoon that read, "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". He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raised the bar for interviewers everywhere. For two decades O'Reilly has ruled the "no spin zone" with cable news' most popular show, and his ratings had never been higher.

And he keeps echoing in the broader media landscape.

Robinson calls O'Reilly's termination a "victory" which "belongs to all those who he has victimized, "and those who have demanded that the corporations that sponsor his show put their money where their values are and pull their spots".

"It's not that big of a surprise, I guess", he said.

Many observers believe it took an advertiser pullout to get 21st Century Fox executives to act as quickly as they did.

O'Reilly's departure will not affect Twenty-First Century Fox's overall profitability, said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research. It's the top-rated show on the No. 1 cable network — one that, according to the investment bank Nomura's estimates, accounts for fully 20 percent of profits at 21st Century Fox. It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.

O'Reilly's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, charged that his client was being subjected to a "brutal campaign of character assassination" and that there is a smear campaign orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O'Reilly for political and financial reasons.

Now, the top ratings for O'Reilly's time slot — and Fox's other prime-time shows — could be at risk. He pushed a populist, conservative-leaning point of view, and was quick to shout down those who disagreed with him.

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

"Some other media outlet is going to pick him up and syndicate what he does".

"It's fun, you'll like it!" he said. The books in his "Killing" historical series, including "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Reagan", have consistently sold 1 million or more copies in hardcover, a rare achievement in publishing, and his platform on Fox enabled him to promote his work.

It's so fitting that the career of Bill O'Reilly, that bombastic sh*theel, comes to a sputtering end without so much as a "goodbye". Ousting O'Reilly, he said, "does not speak to a changed culture". "You can't underestimate the influence and the profits that he brought into Fox News for all these years and that's why they hesitated so long in doing the right thing".

Gabriel Sherman, a long-time O'Reilly-watcher at NY magazine, reported Wednesday before the announcement that Fox executives were in the final negotiations with O'Reilly, mainly over the timing of an announcement and whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience. "Shame on you. You failed him". You didn't deserve this great man.

"And so what? Suddenly, sexual harassment's a crime?"

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