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20 April 2017, 03:59 | Melissa Porter
The downfall of Fox'smost popular, and most lucrative, personality began with an April 1 report in The New York Times that five women had been paid a total of 13 million dollars (£10.2m) to keep quiet about disturbing encounters with O'Reilly.
"We've had conversations behind the scenes with corporations, both in writing and over the phone, and when the latest news broke, both his disparaging, racist and sexist remarks about Congresswoman Waters, as well the announcement of the settlement, we realized that there was nothing that we could do but give these corporations one last chance", Robinson explained. O'Reilly has lost his job at Fo.
"Over the years, I have talked one or two times about Fox News host, and bold fresh piece of humanity, Bill O'Reilly", Colbert said.
But his denials didn't persuade Fox News chief Rupert Murdoch. "You failed him. You failed Bill O'Reilly", Colbert's alter ego said. It wasn't clear when those stories would end, with a group of women demonstrating in front of Fox's headquarters Tuesday and another woman, a former clerical worker at Fox, calling a harassment hotline and accusing the host of boorish behavior.
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Bill O'Reilly has spoken out following his departure from Fox News amid harassment allegations.
21st Century Fox, the owner of Fox News, said in a statement: "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", notes The New York Times.
Powers said she quit O'Reilly's show, but returned three years later.
"The real subtext to all this is that Roger Ailes, the founding chairman, the creative drive behind the success of Fox, was forced out last summer for sexual harassment". "21st Century Fox takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously", the company had said, adding that O'Reilly had denied the "merits of these claims".
That certainly could happen, though it probably won't be easy.
O'Reilly is also one of the country's most popular nonfiction authors. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox were down less than 1 percent at $30.50 in Wednesday afternoon trading.
"The O'Reilly Factor" reportedly brought Fox more than $178 million in ad dollars in 2015 and $118.6 million in the first nine months of 2016.
That multiplying effect gave O'Reilly a role in a seismic change, he said.
That will be Tucker Carlson, whose show is moving to the 8 p.m. slot on Fox. A representative for O'Reilly, who has been off the air on vacation since April 11, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "You have also been loyal, and we can't tell you how much that means to everyone on 'The Factor'". Otherwise, the network risked developing "a reputation as unfriendly to women, potentially turning off a lot of people", said Charles Taylor, a marketing professor at Villanova University.
Ailes resigned a year ago following his own sexual harassment allegations.
A bigger issue for investors is what the Murdochs will do to prevent the company being in the headlines again just a few months from now, Wieser said.
Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect. But the New York Timesreported that two of the O'Reilly settlements were reached after Ailes left.
Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of doll.
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