O"Reilly out at Fox News; internal memo released"

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More than 50 advertisers withdrew from his prime-time show, and 21st Century Fox asked a law firm to investigate a complaint from a woman who said O'Reilly dropped efforts to make her a contributor in 2013 after she turned down his invitation to visit his hotel room.

Kurtz discussed the Ailes matter on-air more extensively than he did the O'Reilly controversy.

The announcement came just hours after the combative and right-wing television personality was photographed shaking hands with Pope Francis in St Peters Square on holiday in Rome.

Following the New York Times' report on April 1 that five women received settlements after accusing O'Reilly of sexual harassment or verbal abuse, Fox covered it only once: a brief mention on Kurtz's weekly media criticism program the day after the story was published. It also prompted dozens of companies to drop advertisements on "The O'Reilly Factor", long the most watched show on cable news.

Fox News is parting ways with Bill O'Reilly, who for years stood as one of cable news' most popular hosts.

Hayden resident Duane Rasmussen said he hates to see O'Reilly go.

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Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect. Eastern time show on Fox News in January to join NBC, the network didn't experience any ratings decline in the time period; her replacement, Tucker Carlson, was able to retain much of the powerful lead-in from O'Reilly.

Starting Monday, Carlson's show will be followed at 9 p.m. EDT by "The Five", relocating from its afternoon slot. Fans loved his willingness to talk back to power or point out hypocrisy among liberal politicians or media members. "The O'Reilly Factor" has generated a huge ad bonanza for Fox, one that yielded more than $178 million in 2015. Bill O'Reilly, who hosted this program for 20 years, is leaving the Fox News Channel.

The only way to end harassment is to shine a light on it.

O'Reilly's attorney claimed on Tuesday that his client - a long-time conservative media icon - had been the target of a "smear campaign" financed by leftwing activist organisations.

21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, announced Wednesday that O'Reilly will not be returning to his position as host of the "The O'Reilly Factor", a political commentary program which had aired since 1996.

O'Reilly's salary is believed to be $18 million. "I wish only the best for Fox News Channel".

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"I don't think Bill did anything wrong", President Trump told the Times in an interview earlier this month.

Fox didn't even wait until he returned from vacation in Europe to deliver the news. Before and after the accusations, O'Reilly remained one of the most popular commentators on cable news. In total it has sold 141,394 copies in three weeks.

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.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed O'Reilly was in the VIP section for the pope's Wednesday appearance.

Former Fox News personality Glenn Beck, for example, started a digital network called The Blaze, which initially attracted a sizable audience.

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