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O'Reilly fired at Fox News

Decision comes after advertisers fled following sexual harassment allegations

David Tanklefsky
April 19, 2017 - 4:14 pm

Bill O'Reilly, a major personality and profits generator for Fox News since its inception more than 20 years ago, has been fired according to Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox. The news comes after a series of sexual harassment allegations against the broadcaster.

"After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to Fox News Channel," 21st Century Fox said in a statement.

While allegations of sexual harassment against O'Reilly have been public for years, renewed pressure on Fox to remove him came about following a New York Times investigation that found 21st Century Fox and Fox News had reached settlements with five women who had complained of harassment against O'Reilly.

O'Reilly, 67, did not address the allegations on his show but announced last week that he would be taking a scheduled vacation. If the hope was that the headlines surrounding him would die down, the opposite happened, with more than 50 sponsors pulling out of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor" and numerous groups calling on him to be fired.

News of the settlements brought up new questions about the work place culture at Fox News at a time when the network was trying to move past the resignation of former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes last summer. Ailes resigned after a number of sexual harassment accusation were made against him.

O'Reilly's show regularly finished number one in his time slot among cable news shows, averaging more than three million viewers for the first quarter of 2017, according to TV Newser. Ratings even increased as the allegations against him were receiving increased scrutiny in the press.

Fox News has announced Tucker Carlson, whose show currently airs in the 9 p.m. time slot, will move up to 8 p.m. to replace O'Reilly.

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