Pope Francis shakes hands with Bill O'Reilly

20 April, 2017, 11:24 | Author: Benny Bass
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O'Reilly, denied a chance to say goodbye to his Fox viewers, did so via a statement.

(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invsion/AP, File). With a profit center gone, 21st Century Fox stock fell nearly 1 percent Wednesday in heavy trading.

The Murdoch family decided in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal to cut ties with O'Reilly, Fox's biggest star, before he returns from a vacation next week, NY magazine reported, citing anonymous network sources.

"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", Efe news agency quoted the network's parent company as saying in a statement. Fans loved his willingness to talk back to power or point out hypocrisy among liberal politicians or media members.

Fox News, which accounts for an estimated quarter of Fox's profit, has stayed on top in cable ratings despite the internal turmoil.

"You may not know this, but Bill O'Reilly was the biggest figure in the history of cable news", Noah explained, before launching a clip package of various ways in which O'Reilly argued white people are persecuted.

And he keeps echoing in the broader media landscape.

O'Reilly's departure is the second sex scandal to rock the network in less than a year.

"He helped shape the kind of very polarized discourse that has come to define politics over the past few years in America", Hollihan said. And why did all the advertiser that pulled off his show now, stick with his show this long?

The climate shifted dramatically after The New York Times reported on April 1 that O'Reilly or Fox had paid $13 million to settle five cases against him alleging sexual or other harassment.

A pedestrian walks past the News Corp. headquarters building in NY displaying posters featuring Fox News Channel personalities including Bill O'Reilly, right, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

A fairly new addition to the evening lineup, Tucker Carlson will slide into the 8 p.m. time slot in place of O'Reilly.

The Murdoch sons decided they could not tolerate O'Reilly's reported behavior - problematic enough to pay settlement claims - after ousting Ailes and announcing that 21st Century Fox would be a more enlightened workplace.

"I understand how hard this has been for many of you", Rupert Murdoch said in the memo.

The announcement came just hours after the combative and right-wing television personality was photographed shaking hands with Pope Francis in St Peters Square on holiday in Rome.

In the wake of his firing Wednesday, former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly maintained that sexual harassment claims against him were not true, calling his dismissal over the allegations "tremendously disheartening".

"This is what happens when women speak our truth - we can slay dragons", said attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents three of the women who accused O'Reilly, insisting Fox should have fired him years ago. The five women who received settlements either worked for O'Reilly or appeared as guests on his programme, according to the New York Times story. "Were they watching?" Noah wondered.

Don't expect O'Reilly to slip quietly away, said Annenberg's Hollihan. He has also had best-sellers with everything from the memoir "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" to his most recent work, "Old School", which includes passages urging the respectful treatment of women.

"Fox News is a strong brand and the only game in town for millions of loyalists", Peyronnin said.

"I'm not sure I see much evidence of that; otherwise, Judy Woodruff would be off the charts", he said, referring to the anchor of "PBS NewsHour".

The departed O'Reilly's "The Factor" will continue through this week with Dana Perino hosting Wednesday and Thursday night, and Greg Gutfield on Friday. "Shame on you. You failed him".

Author Stephen King tweeted: "New book by Fox News: Killing Bill O'Reilly". "You didn't deserve this great man", Colbert said, channeling his Comedy Central character. Suddenly sexual harassment's a crime?

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