7 things to know about former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly

20 April, 2017, 09:03 | Author: Oscar Goodwin

"After a thorough and careful review of the allegations", parent company 21st Century Fox said in a statement, "the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel".

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His show's viewership increased the week after the story appeared - O'Reilly didn't address it on the air - and has sunk since he left for vacation.

The network's most popular personality was sacked after a New York Time report earlier this month that said five women had been paid $13 million in settlements after they alleged sexual harassment and mistreatment. Ousting O'Reilly, he said, "does not speak to a changed culture". Despite claiming he'd return to his show on April 24, tongues at Fox wagged that the journalist wouldn't actually be back as dozens of advertisers had pulled their commercials from The O'Reilly Factor.

New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal reported O'Reilly's forthcoming demise, but the final decision still came as something of a shock.

Ruddy said he would want to know more about the issues surrounding O'Reilly's ouster from Fox. (O'Reilly denied the accusations.) Another female Fox contributor subsequently came forward with a new complaint against the Fox host, and there are reports of more. Shares in Twenty-First Century Fox were down less than 1 per cent at $30.50 in Wednesday afternoon trading.

O'Reilly's departure is the second major blow for the right-leaning news network in nine months. Women protested outside Fox News headquarters.

The network's parent company, entertainment giant 21st Century Fox, insisted that Fox News will weather the current storm just fine, noting in a statement the "strength of its talent bench" and expressing "full confidence that the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news". Burke, a former Fox News correspondent in Rome, denied having facilitated the tickets. "Certainly they make things better for America".

O'Reilly's attorney claimed on Tuesday that his client - a long-time conservative media icon - had been the target of a "smear campaign" financed by leftwing activist organisations.

"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 hours before the firing. The books in his "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.

The scandal, which was initially reported by The New York Times, had motivated about 50 companies - including big names such as Mercedes-Benz, Hundai and BMW - to withdraw their advertising from "The O'Reilly Factor", the host's evening programme.

Francis always swings by the VIP seats at the end of his audience for a quick round of handshakes.

On Wednesday, he was seated in the VIP section, where a photographer from the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano snapped a photo of Francis reaching out to shake his hand.

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