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

Bill O'Reilly Loses His Job At Fox News


Meanwhile, on vacation in Rome Wednesday, O'Reilly shook Pope Francis' hand.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer). A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Top cable news host Bill O'Reilly has denied any wrongdoing, describing harassment claims that ended his career at Fox News as "unfounded".

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File).

Conservative personality Glenn Beck - who once lost a job at Fox News Channel because a similar campaign choked his program of paying advertisers - came to O'Reilly's defense of Wednesday, but it was too late.

Representatives for 21st Century Fox and O'Reilly did not immediately respond to requests for comment about Greene's allegations.

It was a humiliating blow to one of the biggest USA media names, a veteran broadcaster at Fox News for two decades who counted President Donald Trump among his personal supporters and whose ratings soared in defiance of his alleged abusive behavior towards women. But Fox said Wednesday that wouldn't happen.

"Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television".

And he keeps echoing in the broader media landscape. By the evening, "The O'Reilly Factor" no longer bore his name, simply titled "The Factor". And then he said, you know, "what am I going to do?"

"Mission accomplished", said Keith Olbermann, who frequently tweaked O'Reilly on an MSNBC show that competed in the same time slot for several years.

Estimates are that "The O'Reilly Factor" pulled in around $140 million in national TV advertising, according to iSpot.tv.

Dozens of advertisers ditched "The O'Reilly Factor" after a New York Times report detailed $13 million in payouts to five women over his alleged abusive behavior; more allegations subsequently emerged.

O'Reilly never addressed the Times report on his show, and none of his colleagues at the network defended him publicly.

Fox said that Tucker Carlson's show would move to 8 p.m.to replace O'Reilly and that the panel talk show "The Five" would take Carlson's time slot at 9 p.m. New York Magazine, citing unidentified sources, reported Tuesday that 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch is supporting O'Reilly's return while his sons, Chief Executive James Murdoch and Chief Operating Officer Lachlan Murdoch, want the combative commentator out.

"I understand how hard this has been for many of you", Rupert Murdoch said in the memo.

The announcement comes at hard time for Fox News, whose former chairman Roger Ailes resigned previous year after a sexual harassment lawsuit by former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

So to mark O'Reilly's departure, "The Late Show" issued a statement from O'Reilly's biggest fan, Colbert's alter-ego "Stephen Colbert".

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