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

Stephen Colbert and 'Stephen Colbert' bid farewell to Bill O'Reilly

Stephen Colbert and 'Stephen Colbert' bid farewell to Bill O'Reilly

21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "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". I'll do it live.

Though not beamed into Indian homes every night, O'Reilly had developed a following in India as well with at least one star news anchor widely believed to have modelled his own abrasive take-no-prisoners on-screen persona on the Fox anchor.

O'Reilly and President Donald Trump are both "crowd-pleasing showmen who know how to signal to loyalists in their audience that they are not taking themselves quite as seriously as their detractors are", said news consultant Andrew Tyndall.

On Wednesday, the host of the top-rated "O'Reilly Factor" was sacked amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment dating back to 2004. "This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O'Reilly for political and financial reasons". Eric Bolling begins his own show at 5 p.m. and the current late-afternoon panel show, "The Five", moves into the 9 p.m. hour.

"The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel", he wrote.

Now the question is: Who will replace him at Fox? Fox's 8 p.m. show was instantly re-named The Factor-no more "O'Reilly" there.

Shrouded in scandal, Ailes resigns from Fox News ending his 20-year run at the network.

"It is the end of an era here at Fox News Channel", said host Dana Perino as she heaped praise on O'Reilly.

Earlier this month, the New York Times reported O'Reilly settled five sexual harassment cases for about $13 million.

"It was a sexual harassment enterprise there at Fox". Powers said she sought an apology from O'Reilly and didn't get one, and her complaints were waved off by various managers, including Ailes. Burgess, who is black, says O'Reilly leered at her and made grunting noises when he passed her desk and once referred to her as "hot chocolate".

Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch and his sons, chairman Lachlan Murdoch and chief executive officer (CEO) James Murdoch, convened on a call Wednesday morning where they decided O'Reilly's fate, a person familiar with the situation said. At the time, O'Reilly said he planned to return to the program on April 24.

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