O'Reilly was sacked from his position at Fox News on Wednesday after an article by The New York Times revealed that Fox News and 21st Century Fox had helped him reach settlements with five women who accused him of sexual harassment.
Before Bill O'Reilly announced his resignation with Fox New Channel, the conservative commentator's legal team were ready to make one final move: alerting 21st Century Fox of a leftist agenda to get the TV host fired from his job.
The ousting of Bill O'Reilly at Fox News is about more than sexual harassment claims against the supercilious host of the O'Reilly Factor. And as it turns out, his eventual undoing was prompted by news of the $13 million cumulative total payout (by both O'Reilly and Fox) to quiet five women who accused him of sexual harassment.
"Now, Bill's broadcasting career may have hit a hiccup, and then exploded in a hail of blood and bone, but remember, Bill still has his books, he still has his rage and his Fox News payout, worth a reported $25 million", Colbert said about the fired anchor.
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O'Reilly has vigorously denied the claims, saying Wednesday that he found it "tremendously disheartening" to leave Fox on "completely unfounded claims". Ailes - who became the channel's founding CEO in 1996, the same year O'Reilly joined - reportedly received $40 million as part of his separation agreement.
O'Reilly, who has been off the air on vacation since April 11, said in a written statement on Wednesday he was proud of his "unprecedented success" at Fox.
She sued Ailes last July and left the network with a 20 million United States dollars settlement.
O'Reilly did not have to put up with much more from Fox News, because he was sacked the next day.
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Twenty-First Century Fox had tapped the law firm Paul, Weiss Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which also looked into the allegations against Ailes, to investigate O'Reilly's conduct.
Perquita Burgess appeared on the daytime show "The View" one day after Fox News released their statement.
"He let me off first, as gentlemen usually do", she said, "and I walked in front of him and as I was leaving the elevator, he said, 'Looking good there, girl'".
Moreover, Carlson will take over O'Reilly's place. "The company has repeatedly stood by Mr. O'Reilly as he faced a series of allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior", according to the New York Times article.
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