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Bill O'Reilly loses job at Fox News amid harassment allegations

21 April 2017, 02:42 | Max Haynes

Richard Drew AP File

Richard Drew AP File

She said she was told, "You know Bill, there's nothing we can do".

"Bill O'Reilly proved 'no, the anchor is the star.' Nobody watched Bill O'Reilly's show to find out what was happening". With the money came the agreement that the women would not file lawsuits or speak publicly about their allegations.

NY magazine reported Wednesday that executives were preparing to announce O'Reilly's departure before his return from Italy and were holding emergency meetings to discuss how to sever the relationship without damaging the network.

In a statement Wednesday, the channel confirmed that the TV adaptation is in early development for 2019.

"Getting rid of the old guard is a way to do that", said Dan Cassino, a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the author of "Fox News & American Politics: How One Channel Shapes American Politics & Society". He is one of the country's most popular nonfiction authors with his "Killing Lincoln", "Killing Kennedy" and "Killing Jesus" books, several of which have been made into TV movies on the National Geographic Channel (also owned by Fox).

The Times found the company and O'Reilly had reached settlements with five women who had complained about sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by him.

O'Reilly's "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. He thanked his viewers and noted the success Fox had achieved.

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Fellow Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson will replace O'Reilly in the 8 p.m. EST prime-time slot beginning Monday.

But just 18 days after disclosures of sexual harassment complaints and settlements by multiple women, he was sacked.

O'Reilly's statement came just hours after Fox's parent company announced "The O'Reilly Factor" host wouldn't be returning to the network "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations".

It marks a stunning end to a near ideal marriage between a pugnacious personality and network.

Bill O'Reilly has always been an imposing presence in cable news and the so-called culture wars.

O'Reilly lost his job on the same day he was photographed in Rome shaking the hand of Pope Francis. O'Reilly was alleged to have slowed the careers of women who spurned his advances.

The decision to force out O'Reilly, 67, came after dozens of advertisers abandoned his highly rated program amid a barrage of sexual harassment allegations. O'Reilly has denied wrongdoing.

Stephen Colbert and "Stephen Colbert" took some time Wednesday night to say goodbye to the man they referred to as "Papa Bear": Bill O'Reilly.



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