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20 April 2017, 05:04 | Melissa Porter
But Fox said Wednesday that wouldn't happen. "Bill O'Reilly, who hosted this program for 20 years, is leaving the Fox News Channel", fill-in Dana Perino said at the beginning of the broadcast last night".
"After a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Mr. O'Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel", the media kingpin said in a memo on Wednesday. "Cable news is someone standing on a mountain top shouting, and Bill O'Reilly was on the highest peak so he echoed across the landscape".
And he keeps echoing in the broader media landscape.
O'Reilly has been dogged by claims of sexual harassment, which caused many advertisers to cease sponsorship of his Fox News show, the O'Reilly Factor.
O'Reilly, denied a chance to say goodbye to his Fox viewers, did so via a statement.
"He helped shape the kind of very polarized discourse that has come to define politics over the past few years in America", Hollihan said. His No. 1 cable news show made about $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015. Before the advertising boycott, there was the prospect of even more: his audience was larger in the first three months of 2017 than it has ever been.
The decision, coming after advertisers had begun to flee his show, ends a more than 20-year career at Fox News for O'Reilly, a best-selling author as well as one of the most popular commentators on US television.
"Tucker Carlson Tonight" will take over O'Reilly's 8 p.m. time slot. "And I'm loving you today", said another. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended Wednesday's trading on the Nasdaq down less than 1 percent at $30.39 and analysts said the network's viewers would likely remain loyal. After the Pope's traditional Wednesday address, O'Reilly shook hands with Francis.
The former top-rated cable news host said in a statement, "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims".
Hours after Bill O'Reilly was sacked amid swirling sexual harassment accusations, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee went on the longtime Fox News anchor's old show and made an off-color analogy about not being able to "kiss a woman leaning away from you". "That's bigger than O'Reilly", he said.
Another observed: "Fox fired O'Reilly for running off advertisers".
O'Reilly had ruled the "no spin zone" on television with a quick smile and an even quicker temper. He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raised the bar for interviewers everywhere.
Both O'Reilly and Ailes have vehemently denied the allegations against them.
"Some other media outlet is going to pick him up and syndicate what he does". She said she was told, "You know Bill, there's nothing we can do".
Even though at least one of the harassment cases against O'Reilly dated back more than a decade and was widely reported then, the accumulation of cases outlined in the Times damaged him much more extensively. 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.
O'Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard are due to release another book in the "Killing" series in September, and a spokeswoman for publisher Henry Holt and Co. said that plans had not changed. "I don't like him, but he makes so much money, there's nothing I can do'".
The "Late Show" host then admitted that he actually owed a lot to O'Reilly.
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