'Completely Unfounded Claims': Bill O'Reilly Releases Defiant Statement

Apr 20, 2017, 08:49

Carol Off: What do you think finally forced Bill O'Reilly out of Fox? It seems that as long as O'Reilly was able to keep pulling in good ratings (an average of 3.9 million viewers a night) and good advertising revenue ($178 million in 2015 alone), his employers were able to set aside the multiple allegations against him.

The embattled primetime host is widely disliked at Fox News and its parent company 21st Century Fox, both feared and loathed for his outsized ego and rude temperament, according to six current and former high-ranking sources at the company. "But you have to put some spine back into the Murdoch family and the Fox News Channel board because you are about to lose Bill O'Reilly".

With its biggest star departing in another blowup over sexual harassment, Fox News faces some big challenges. More accusations of sexual harassment were reported since and two had already been public.

As we reported last week, an independent analysis by the ad-tracking firm iSpot.tv showed O'Reilly's program had lost about half its advertisers in a span of several weeks due to the allegations. "I look forward to even more success in the coming years". Murdoch also owns Fox News.

The news of Mr O'Reilly's departure comes as the veteran TV host published his latest book, Old School, which topped the New York Times bestseller list this week. Fox's longtime CEO Roger Ailes resigned abruptly amid similar sexual harassment charges last July.

The three also said they were confident in finding a successor and that the network would "continue to be a powerhouse in cable news".

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

"If dozens of advertisers had not dropped 'The Factor, ' Bill O'Reilly would still be endangering 21st Century Fox employees".

However, Robinson added a crucial caveat: "Fox News and the Murdochs only listen when they hear the sound of money rushing out the door". In 2016, two more women won settlements after complaining about alleged harassment that took place in years past. Former White House press secretary has been filling in as host of The O'Reilly Factor. 21st Century Fox later reached settlements with many of Ailes' accusers, including Carlson, who received $20 million.

Earlier Tuesday, attorney Lisa Bloom said she had taken the case of a sixth woman who claims O'Reilly sexually harassed her.

So of course everyone online quickly figured out the flawless pun to celebrate O'Reilly's departure and went for it. It appears that decision has been made, and Tucker Carlson will replace O'Reilly.

Others figure that O'Reilly's firing won't be a sticking point for most Fox viewers.