Bill O'Reilly out at Fox News Channel after 20 years

"Fox News is cutting ties with Bill O'Reilly, the biggest star in its 20-year history", said parent company 21st Century Fox, adding that they made the decision based on "a thorough and careful review" of the accusations.

The New York Times reported April 1 that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about unpleasant encounters with O'Reilly, who has denied any wrongdoing.

During his tenure at Fox News, he was accused of sexual harassment by at least seven women who worked for him or who appeared on his show. Dozens of his show's advertisers fled following the report, though O'Reilly's viewership increased.

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".

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.

Up to four million viewers watched "The O'Reilly Factor" each evening, making it the most-watched cable TV program in 2016 and generating $446 million in ad revenues for Fox between 2014 and previous year, according to a study carried out by Kantar Media. "Big major brands" hit the hills and ran "as far away from The O'Reilly Factor as possible", said Robinson. His audience was larger in the first three months of this year than it has ever been, according to Nielsen.

Dana Perino, who has been filling in for O'Reilly since he announced an extended break earlier this month, announced that he was no longer with the network. He was the top-rated host in cable news, serving up defiant commentary every weekday at 8 p.m., with a message that celebrated patriotism and expressed scorn for political correctness. "Half of the fun that they have with their audiences comes from watching the outrage that they manage to provoke".

Again, O'Reilly denies the claims against him.

"And I was told basically, "Well, you know, Bill".

"Getting rid of the old guard is a way to do that", said Dan Cassino, a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the author of "Fox News & American Politics: How One Channel Shapes American Politics & Society".

In the last couple of days Dr Walsh says several more women have reached out to her saying they were also victims of O'Reilly's "attentions".

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.

"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.

"Hello, Nation, and shame on you".

This time the "spin zone" man couldn't spin himself out of a tightening web of sexual harassment allegations.



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