O'Reilly out over harassment allegations

20 Avril, 2017, 20:22 | Author: Lucrece Courtet

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

In the letter, Murdoch praised O'Reilly as "one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news" before saying "we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect".

This particular show consistently got Fox News its best ratings, drawing nearly 4 million viewers a night and generating more than $446 million in advertising revenue between 2014 and 2016, according to Kantar Media.

"It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims", O'Reilly said in a statement.

Bloom announced Wednesday that she was representing a third O'Reilly accuser, Occidental College politics professor and occasional Fox News guest Caroline Heldman, writing on Twitter that "we just called in her report" to the Fox News sexual harassment hotline. O'Reilly has denied wrongdoing.

Even though at least one of the harassment cases against O'Reilly dated back more than a decade and was widely reported then, the accumulation of cases outlined in the Times damaged him much more extensively.

The Times reported on April 1 that about $13 million has been paid out to a total of five women who have accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment.

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan are co-executive chairmen of the company and son James is chief executive officer.

Fox News announced Wednesday in a statement that the now-former "O'Reilly Factor" host would not be returning from vacation in the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations coming to light. His attorney claims the host has been the target of a "brutal campaign of character assassination" and has evidence, which he didn't immediately release, that a smear campaign is being orchestrated by "far-left organizations".

For what it's worth, I appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" three times over the years, most recently in 2015 about manufactured leftist anarchy in Ferguson, Missouri. "The Five" will move into the 9 p.m. ET timeslot starting Monday.

Bill O'Reilly better start looking for a new gig!

What do you think should happen next for Fox News? "He's been the linchpin" of the lineup, said Jane Hall, an American University professor and former Fox contributor, who noted that it will take a while to see whether his loyal audience sticks with O'Reilly's replacement.

"I think a lot of numbers are being overreported in terms of what the ad revenue is from O'Reilly's show", DiClemente told CNBC.

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.

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