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A few heated, barbed interludes with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly

20 April 2017

In a statement, he called it "tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims".

Embattled Fox News host Bill O'Reilly had a brief handshake with Pope Francis on Wednesday as sexual harassment allegations dog him at home.

The move comes after Fox's parent company 21 Century Fox announced O'Reilly's departure in the wake of as many as six sexual harassment claims against the 67-year-old host.

Nearly immediately after the announcement of O'Reilly's departure, Fox released its new, O'Reilly-less lineup, which will start Monday, the day O'Reilly had been scheduled to return from vacation.

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.

But what matters more than ad sales is how O'Reilly's ousting will potentially impact affiliate fees, or the portion of cable and satellite subscription costs that gets paid to the specific network, DiClemente said.

Early on, Fox News appeared willing to stand behind O'Reilly, but that became more hard to do since The New York Times published an April 1 story detailing $13 million in payouts by Fox and O'Reilly to women accusing him of sexual harassment.

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Carlson's show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight", will take over O'Reilly's time slot on Monday, April 24. His resignation, prompted by a complaint brought by former news anchor Gretchen Carlson, brought to an end a 20-year career at Fox.

Author Stephen King tweeted: "New book by Fox News: Killing Bill O'Reilly".

The departed O'Reilly's "The Factor" will continue through this week with Dana Perino hosting Wednesday and Thursday night, and Greg Gutfield on Friday. "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.

This decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.

That investigation amplified a long-standing campaign against O'Reilly's "reign of hate and abuse", as racial justice group Color of Change-which led the effort-described it on Wednesday.

Kurtz discussed the Ailes matter on-air more extensively than he did the O'Reilly controversy.

"Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect". In the past four months, according to the New York Times, Carlson has replaced three mega-personalities at Fox News.

A few heated, barbed interludes with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly