Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Bill O'Reilly's statement following his firing from Fox News

Stacy Diaz | 20 April, 2017, 07:26

O'Reilly has lost his job at Fo.

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.

It is unclear if Fox News is paying O'Reilly.

Bill O'Reilly, 67, had a pretty interesting day today, April 19, if you ask us.

(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invsion/AP, File).

Walsh does not have a legal claim against O'Reilly due to the statute of limitations on harassment cases in NY and California, but she did report the matter to the human resources hotline of the company earlier this month.

Both Fox and O'Reilly confirmed O'Reilly's departure from the network earlier Wednesday. Fox's longtime CEO Roger Ailes resigned abruptly amid similar sexual harassment charges last July. "We have full confidence the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news".

That certainly could happen, though it probably won't be easy.

So far, Fox News has marched on - seemingly as strong as ever - without Ailes, Van Susteren and Kelly.

Bill O'Reilly's 21-year career at Fox News has come to a sudden and ignoble end.

He will be replaced in the prime-time lineup by Fox host Tucker Carlson.

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.

The O'Reilly Factor, for now, is simply "The Factor", dropping O'Reilly's name from the show's branding. And since those allegations are in the spotlight, GLAAD wanted to bring some of O'Reilly's other moments to the forefront. "When we look at data, at what programs people report watching, you just don't find people who watch Bill O'Reilly and nothing else on Fox", Cassino said. Advertisers may have been reluctant to return if there were continuing harassment complaints.

O'Reilly is now on an Italian vacation as the Murdoch family - the owners of the Fox empire - hash out the details.

O'Reilly has denied any wrong doing.

The U.S. Attorney's office in NY is investigating how 21st Century Fox handled the Roger Ailes scandal. Concern over whether Fox broke the law by failing to disclose its settlements to investors is more likely to impact approval than whether the company is mired in sexual misconduct allegations, said Claire Enders of Enders Analysis, who has studied the Murdoch empire for years. "Accountability came from the outside, not from within", Media Matters for America president Angelo Carusone said in a statement.

The news comes after multiple allegations emerged that O'Reilly has sexually harassed and verbally abused female employees.

"Our plans have not changed", a spokeswoman said.