O'Reilly out at Fox News Channel

Bill O'Reilly will not return to Fox News amid sexual harassment investigation

The removal of conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly from his top-rated Fox News show over allegations of sexual harassment "is an important next step to clean up Fox News and make it a respectful and professional work environment", says the attorney representing Gretchen Carlson in her harassment case against Roger Ailes-the network's founding President who left the company previous year in a scenario that mirrors O'Reilly's departure.

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

The scandal, which was initially reported by The New York Times, had motivated about 50 companies - including big names such as Mercedes-Benz, Hundai and BMW - to withdraw their advertising from "The O'Reilly Factor", the host's evening program, as reported in EFE.

It is not known exactly how Fox News would handle O'Reilly's exit or whether he would be allowed to say goodbye to viewers on the air, according to the NY magazine report. "Jon and I milk the goats, and soon, I hope we'll be milking you".

This decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.

Responding to the news of his departure, O'Reilly said: 'It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.

"But it is the unfortunate reality that man in the public eye must live with today", O'Reilly said.

He added: 'I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. She has since joined MSNBC.

The show itself will be removed from the lineup beginning Monday. It had previously aired at 9 p.m.

Huh. Regardless, things aren't looking good for Bill! He pushed a populist, conservative-leaning point of view, and was quick to shout down those who disagreed with him.

"This is what happens when women speak our truth - we can slay dragons", Bloom said.

She described O'Reilly's behaviour when they returned to the bar afterwards as "hostile". Last month, Fox re-signed O'Reilly to a multimillion-dollar, three-year contract, fully aware of the history of complaints against him.

"The O'Reilly Factor" generated $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015, according to Kantar Media. The situation even forced 21 Century Fox to investigate the TV host's behavior.

The pressure didn't come from just one side, though.

Lisa Bloom, who represents three women accusing O'Reilly of sexual harassment, called the announcement by Fox News a victory for victims who were fearless enough to come forward and hopes more will now do the same. O'Reilly is on a two-week vacation that on Wednesday took. Since then, another unnamed woman at Fox News came forward to accuse O'Reilly of sexual harassment this week.

Are there any real proofs of O'Reilly's sexual harassment issues?

The National Geographic channel has aired a series of adaptations of O'Reilly books, including "Killing Reagan" and "Killing Kennedy". He had been expected to return to his show on April 24. Several suggested that Fox had essentially caved to a left wing campaign.

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

Powers told Cooper that O'Reilly's downfall was "stunning because Bill O'Reilly was Fox News". And then Roger said you know, "Bill likes to put up dirty pictures and ask pretty girls to talk about them".

Smith also called for Fox to release all employees from the mandatory arbitration and confidentiality clauses "that for so many years have silenced women and kept the harassers, enablers and retaliators in place".

In addition to hosting "The Factor", O'Reilly has also written a series of historical narratives, including "Killing Jesus" and "Killing Lincoln", that have each sold more than 1 million copies in hardcover.

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