Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Bill O'Reilly Officially Departs From Fox News Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal!

O'Reilly lost his job on the same day he was photographed in Rome shaking the hand of Pope Francis.

The blunt, loud-talking O'Reilly has weathered controversy in the past, including other allegations of sexual impropriety, but the latest round hit the Fox news empire in the pocketbook as more than more than 50 top-drawer companies have pulled their ads from the show.

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.

When it announced Ailes' departure last summer, 21st Century Fox said that it would "continue our commitment to maintaining a work environment based on trust and respect".

"Tucker Carlson Tonight" will take over O'Reilly's 8 p.m. time slot. Eric Bolling, a regular presence on The Five, will take the 5 p.m. slot. Some bestsellers include "Old School: Life in the Sane Lane", "The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life", "The No Spin Zone", "Killing Lincoln", "Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics" and "Killing Jesus". He pushed a populist, conservative-leaning point of view, and was quick to shout down those who disagreed with him.

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.

His show generated 178 million dollars (£140m) in advertising revenue in 2015, according to Kantar Media.

O'Reilly's pugnacious personality wasn't just an onscreen affectation, with one of the settlements going to a woman who complained about being shouted at in the newsroom.

The move came after reports of sexual harassment, which began earlier this month with a New York Times story.

For O'Reilly, who has been with Fox since October 1996, it marks a stunning downfall.

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

Stephen Colbert has always been an ardent Bill O'Reilly protester, the late night host having mocked the ex-Fox News pundit throughout his long career.

But even after the ouster, some employees said they were skeptical about whether the treatment of women at Fox News would actually change. First we learned Chaffetz will not be running for re-election, and now we learn Bill O'Reilly is fired! He went on vacation and was scheduled to return from vacation in Italy next Monday.

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".

The National Geographic channel has aired a series of adaptations of O'Reilly books, including "Killing Reagan" and "Killing Kennedy". That's why I think it's important to give a lot of credit to [former Fox News anchor] Gretchen Carlson for coming out and really being the person who started this conversation.

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