Bill O'Reilly issues a defiant final statement

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But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today."Bill O'Reilly is officially out at Fox News Channel".

Even 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, who has stood by O'Reilly amid recent revelations about sexual harassment allegations, does not have a close personal relationship with his star primetime host, several of these sources said.

The embattled news anchor and longtime pillar of Fox News was dropped on Wednesday by the network he helped build amid a steady stream of allegations that he engaged in sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour toward women over the years.

Southland attorney 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.

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One harassment case, from a former producer who said O'Reilly called her and described sexual fantasies and appeared to be masturbating, dated back more than a decade and was widely reported then.

It would be nice, too, to think Fox just grew tired of O'Reilly's smearing and belittling of decent people: the gifted California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, whom O'Reilly trashed so Liu wouldn't get a federal appeals court appointment.

5 p.m. ET - a one hour program hosted by Eric Bolling to debut on May 1. O'Reilly has denied wrongdoing.

Representatives at Fox News and its parent, 21st Century Fox, were not immediately available for comment about how O'Reilly might be replaced.

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Bloom said in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon that Heldman claims she was subjected to "sex discrimination and retaliation" and reported those allegations to the Fox news hotline.

Nearly immediately after the announcement of O'Reilly's departure, Fox released its new, O'Reilly-less lineup, which will start Monday, the day O'Reilly had been scheduled to return from vacation. Conservative personality Glenn Beck - who once lost a job at Fox because a similar campaign choked his program of paying advertisers - came to O'Reilly's defense on his radio show. About the advertisers who stampeded from O'Reilly's show after The Times' story.

O'Reilly's exit, which was first reported by NY magazine, follows that of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who was forced to resign in July after being accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women, including former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

The Times reports that Greene first shared her allegations about O'Reilly last fall, but only now agreed to go on the record.

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At least now maybe things will have a friendlier air with Carlson sandwiched between Martha McCallum at 7 p.m. and "The Five" at 9 p.m. O'Reilly never passed the baton to Carlson at the close of his show.

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