O'Reilly has largely remained quiet in the face of these accusations, though he has rejected them and said he agreed to the settlements only to protect his family. Caroline Heldman, a professor at Occidental College, and guest on the O'Reilly Factor reportedly called the Fox News hotline on Wednesday to make her allegations official against the former network ratings star.
When announcing his Easter vacation on air, O'Reilly claimed that the vacation was a longstanding, pre-planned trip.
21st Century Fox leaders Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James, said in a memo to Fox staff that their decision to ax O'Reilly came following an "extensive review" into the charges. Fox News media analyst and host of Fox News' MediaBuzz Howard Kurtz is here with details.
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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) says she's quite pleased Bill O'Reilly is out of Fox News. O'Reilly also produces the Fox News series Legends and Lies, which is based on his own book series.
The announcement followed growing reports that the corporation headed by Rupert Murdoch meant to sack the veteran host and just hours after the right-wing television personality was photographed shaking hands with Pope Francis in Rome.
"I'm not going away", said Lisa Bloom, attorney for the latest accuser and another woman who alleges her career stalled because she spurned O'Reilly's advances. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.
The O'Reilly Factor is the top-rated show on Fox News.
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For the past 15 years, he hosted the most-watched cable news program and served as the face of Fox News since the network's launch in 1996.
The New York Times reported earlier this month that Fox and O'Reilly, a 20-year veteran of the conservative cable network, paid five women a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims. Now that FOX has canned O'Reilly, it has also canceled the Factor.
"Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled", Trump said in an interview in the Oval Office with Times reporters. He still went ahead and signed a new contract with Fox, however.
A fairly new addition to the evening lineup, Tucker Carlson will slide into the 8 p.m. time slot in place of O'Reilly.
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