Monday, 29 May, 2017

Fox News Finally Got Rid of Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly attends a 2016 ceremony held by The Hollywood Reporter in New York City Bill O'Reilly attends a 2016 ceremony held by The Hollywood Reporter in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images for Hollywood Reporter
Stacy Diaz | 20 April, 2017, 07:41

"This is what happens when women speak our truth: we can slay dragons", Bloom said in a statement after news broke Wednesday that O'Reilly will not return to host The O'Reilly Factor amid accusations of sexual harassment.

Needless to say, the former Fox News talking head - who shook hands with Pope Francis today outside the Vatican - will not soon be calling anyone "hot chocolate" while making grunty noises.

Embattled Fox News host Bill O'Reilly had a brief handshake with Pope Francis on Wednesday as sexual harassment allegations dog him at home. Dozens of his show's advertisers have fled following a report that five women were paid $13 million in settlements after they alleged harassment or mistreatment.

Those allegations resulted in more than 50 companies pulling advertisements from his show, and growing speculation that his position had become untenable.

There is nowhere else like Fox News on cable, but there are conservative networks that have arisen as challengers in recent years, and one of them could conceivably try to make a play for him. O'Reilly also produces the Fox News series Legends and Lies, which is based on his own book series.

It marks a stunning end to a near-perfect marriage between a pugnacious personality and network.

After 21 years on Fox News, Bill O'Reilly is out. By Monday, his 8:00pm EST time slot shall be filled by Tucker Carlson, mere weeks after President Trump defended O'Reilly as "a good person".

Both Fox and O'Reilly confirmed O'Reilly's departure from the network earlier Wednesday. He had spoken last summer about potentially retiring soon, but O'Reilly has never been a man to take what he perceived as a slight or a wrong against him lying down, and the forced exit could be enough to prompt him to try to continue his career elsewhere. Thank you for your hard work, patience, and for the great job you all do delivering news and opinion to millions of Americans whose trust you earn every day. O'Reilly had one of the most loyal audiences on television, consistently placing him among the highest-rated cable news hosts over the course of its run.

O'Reilly's been kicked to the curb because of the multiple sexual harassment allegations that date back as far as 2004 (which was settled for $9 million), although the New York Times says Fox News has known about issues of harassment from O'Reilly since 2002. The article prompted 21st Century Fox to investigate the host's behavior.