Bill O'Reilly out at Fox News

20 April, 2017, 11:10 | Author: Benny Bass

O'Reilly said in a statement it is "tremendously disheartening" to leave due to what he called "completely unfounded claims".

The New York Times reports that an African-American woman - who remains anonymous - came forward this week with allegations of her own, saying O'Reilly would at various times grunt like a "wild boar" at her desk, leer at her and refer to her as "hot chocolate".

Bill O'Reilly may be officially leaving Fox News, but he is not departing the network quietly after many allegations against him.

Liberal groups which had long opposed O'Reilly, and had been pushing advertisers to join the boycott, celebrated the news Wednesday. In January, the lineup lost another star, Megyn Kelly.

In a letter to employees on Wednesday, Rupert Murdoch said O'Reilly's exit followed "an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel". Bloom is also representing Wendy Walsh, a former Fox News contributor who has said that O'Reilly reneged on an offer of employment after she rebuffed his advances and declined an invitation to his hotel suite in 2013. Eastern time slot, Fox News said. The host is presumably owed tens of millions of dollars under the terms of his multi-year contract, though the contract may have contained clauses allowing Fox News to get out of the deal. The settlements - involving women who have either worked with O'Reilly or appeared on his show - took place sporadically between 2002 and 2016.

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".

The National Geographic channel has turned several of O'Reilly's books into TV movies.

Like Letterman, Jon Stewart also had a history of sparring with the face of Fox News.

President Donald Trump praised O'Reilly as a "good person" in an early April interview with The New York Times following the allegations.

Sources with knowledge of the matter say that Rupert Murdoch was in favor of keeping O'Reilly because of his value to the company, and because he chafes at the thought of caving to public pressure. Inside the company, women expressed outrage and questioned whether top executives were serious about maintaining a culture based on "trust and respect", as they had promised last summer when another sexual harassment scandal led to the ouster of Roger E. Ailes as chairman of Fox News. "When we look at data, at what programs people report watching, you just don't find people who watch Bill O'Reilly and nothing else on Fox", Cassino said.

Up to four million viewers watched "The O'Reilly Factor" each evening, making it the most-watched cable TV program in 2016 and generating $446 million in ad revenues for Fox between 2014 and previous year, according to a study carried out by Kantar Media.

Earlier this month authorities with the European Commission cleared 21st Century Fox to acquire the remaining 61% of Sky that it does not yet own. "Our plans have not changed", a company spokeswoman said in an e-mail Wednesday.

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