Fox News fires O'Reilly over harassment allegations

Amobi estimates that O'Reilly's long-running show, "The O'Reilly Factor", which continued to enjoy high ratings even in past weeks, brought in roughly $150 million in advertising previous year, a small fraction of the $7 billion raked in by Fox News.

Hours after 21st Century Fox announced Bill O'Reilly's ousting from Fox News, former contributor Kirsten Powers recalled complaining about the former anchor's behavior. In a statement from O'Reilly he expressed his gratitude to the fans of his show among other things.

Following The New York Times report that exposed these incidents, O'Reilly pleaded innocent via a statement on his website, while ignoring the topic on air.

The network's parent company, entertainment giant 21st Century Fox, insisted that Fox News will weather the current storm, noting in a statement the "strength of its talent bench" and expressing "full confidence that the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news".

That multiplying effect gave O'Reilly a role in a seismic change, he said.

His ratings made him Fox's most lucrative personality, with his show generating $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015, according to Kantar Media. The sources informed on the considerations, Fox network managers are making to publicize Bill O'Reilly's exit afore he comes back from holidays on April 24.

O'Reilly, 67, lost his job on the same day he was photographed in Rome shaking the hand of Pope Francis.

The star host has been dogged by misconduct claims - some sexual in nature - since an April 1 story in The New York Times detailed alleged settlements made between the host and five women who accused him of harassment and sexual misconduct. Concern over whether Fox broke the law by failing to disclose its settlements to investors is more likely to impact approval than whether the company is mired in sexual misconduct allegations, said Claire Enders of Enders Analysis, who has studied the Murdoch empire for years.

A few 21st Century Fox executives outside the news division had said that they wanted a resolution and that O'Reilly would have been fired earlier had he worked in their groups, according to people familiar with the matter.

O'Reilly had ruled the "no spin zone" on television with a quick smile and an even quicker temper. He pushed a populist, conservative-leaning point of view born from growing up on Long Island, and was quick to shout down those who disagreed with him.

"I'm not going away", said Lisa Bloom, attorney for the latest accuser and another woman who alleges her career stalled because she spurned O'Reilly's advances. But it just spoke just spoke volumes that I had to completely handle it on my own, that there was nobody that was willing to say anything to him, just to basically say you can't treat one of our political analysts this way. No more silencing women!

O'Reilly, who was with the network for 20 years, said he was proud of his time at Fox.

"Nation, shame on you".

Sorry, Bill, you should have chosen a different profession. You didn't deserve this great man.

Women rights activists declared his dismissal a victory and said they hoped it would encourage victims of sexual harassment to speak out.

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