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How Fox News broke the Bill O'Reilly story to its viewers

20 April 2017, 01:46 | Laverne Osborne

Bill O'Reilly may be officially leaving Fox News, but he is not departing the network quietly after many allegations against him. But the climate shifted dramatically after an April 1st New York Times report that O'Reilly or Fox had paid $13 million over the years to settle five cases alleging sexual or other harassment on his part.

Pope Francis shakes hands with TV host Bill O'Reilly, second from right, during his weekly general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Perino said at the top of the show that, "We know you, his loyal viewers, will have a lot of feelings about it".

Whether O'Reilly's absence from Fox will change the direction of the conservative movement, Jon Fleischman, conservative blogger from Orange County said mostly not.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was ousted Wednesday amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Bill O'Reilly was one of the originals on Murdoch's super successful Fox News.

O'Reilly's departure is one of several to jolt Fox in recent months.

The letter concluded with an apparent nod to morale problems within Fox News recently.


A number of companies already withdrew advertisements that aired during O'Reilly's hour of programming.

The announcement comes at hard time for Fox News, whose former chairman Roger Ailes resigned a year ago after a sexual harassment lawsuit by former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

Stephen Colbert, who mercilessly parodied O'Reilly on "The Colbert Report", paid tongue-in-cheek homage to the deposed host Wednesday on Colbert's late-night CBS show.

Even with O'Reilly gone from Fox, Sesno said he doubts that the public appetite for his brand of "angry, high-decibel" chatter will give way to a new regard for civility. On April 5, Wendy Walsh called Fox's hotline and described what she said was harassment and retaliatory behavior by O'Reilly back in 2013.

Minutes after O'Reilly's departure was confirmed, Fox tried to turn the page by announcing a new, O'Reilly-less lineup, which will take effect on Monday, the day O'Reilly had been scheduled to return from vacation.

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.

Tucker Carlson will replace O'Reilly in the 8 p.m. ET time slot. Bustle has reached out to Fox News for comment. Ailes has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. It's the top-rated show on the No. 1 cable network - one that, according to the investment bank Nomura's estimates, accounts for fully 20 percent of profits at 21st Century Fox.

Elsewhere in the media, though, the revelation was a big topic among journalists and media executives, with many wondering if O'Reilly - long seen as invincible for his ability to weather previous controversies - might actually lose his job.



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