April 24, 2017

Bill O'Reilly let go by Fox News

21 April 2017, 02:09 | Marion Schneider

FILE - This Oct. 13, 2012 file photo shows Fox News commentator and author Bill O'Reilly at the Comedy Central "Night Of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together For Autism Programs" at the Beacon Theatre in NY.

"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 the Fox News Channel", a 21st Century Fox official said in a statement.

The future of Fox's ratings superstar had grown uncertain as reports swirled that the network was preparing to sever its relationship with him, but it appears that Rupert Murdoch, executive co-chairman of Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox, has greenlighted the axing of the network's biggest on-air asset.

O'Reilly will be replaced in his prime-time lineup by Fox host Tucker Carlson. "The Five", a talk show with five rotating hosts that regularly airs at 5 p.m. ET, will move into the 9 p.m. time slot.

"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. 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.

"I understand how hard this has been for many of you", Rupert Murdoch said in a memo to Fox staff.

The activist-driven advertiser boycott was a key factor in O'Reilly's demise, and the fact that O'Reilly has been fired by Fox is "all about money", and not because of his racist, divisive rhetoric.

His show generated $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015, according to Kantar Media.

Fox might also have found it financially risky let O'Reilly remain. Advertisers may have been reluctant to return if there were continuing harassment complaints.

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A poster featuring Bill O'Reilly is displayed at the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The sons had no desire to keep making payments or excuses for inappropriate behavior by employees who represented the Fox brand, which also extends to entertainment and movies. It's home to movie and TV studios; a slew of sports and other cable channels; and the Fox broadcast network and shows like "The Simpsons", "Family Guy", and its latest hit, "Empire".

FILE - In this April 6, 2016 file photo, Bill O'Reilly attends The Hollywood Reporter's "35 Most Powerful People in Media" celebration in NY. It's now trying again, although a United Kingdom media regulator must certify that the combined company would be a "fit and proper" owner of the broadcaster.

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

Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect. FILE - In this April 6, 2016 file photo, Bill O'Reilly attends The Hollywood Reporter's "35 Most Powerful People in Media" celebration in NY.

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

Stephen Colbert, who owed much of his "Colbert Report" character to Bill O'Reilly, brought back his conservative pundit persona to mourn the Fox News host's firing Wednesday.

Greene said O'Reilly then told her that while she might want to "break his bank" with the restaurant choice, he "was more interested in breaking my back".

O'Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard are due to release another book in the "Killing" series in September, and a spokeswoman for publisher Henry Holt and Co. said that plans had not changed.

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