Fox News fires Bill O'Reilly after sexual harassment accusations

  • Fox News fires Bill O'Reilly after sexual harassment accusations

Fox News fires Bill O'Reilly after sexual harassment accusations

It might take a while for the heated reactions to die down, but however you feel about the news, O'Reilly is out.

O'Reilly's exit, which was first reported by NY magazine, follows that of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who was forced to resign in July after being accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women, including former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

His attorney Marc Kasowitz said Tuesday that it was "outrageous" that the latest allegation, from the unidentified African-American woman, was being treated as fact despite coming from an anonymous person nearly a decade ago. "I spent over nine years playing a character based largely on him, and then 12 months in therapy to de-bloviate myself", the Late Show host, 52, said, referring to his Comedy Central show that ended in 2014.

Long-time Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly has been dumped by the network amid new revelations about lawsuits and cash settlements involving allegations of sexual harassment of women by O'Reilly.

Glenn Beck has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Bill O'Reilly, declaring that the Fox News Channel is likely in its last days. "It speaks to a company that has recognized that the best business decision for them is to end their relationship with Bill O'Reilly".

"The real subtext to all this is that Roger Ailes, the founding chairman, the creative drive behind the success of Fox, was forced out last summer for sexual harassment".

"Getting rid of the old guard is a way to do that", said Dan Cassino, a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the author of "Fox News & American Politics: How One Channel Shapes American Politics & Society". "That's bigger than O'Reilly", he said. 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.

Dr Walsh told TODAY Extra she was invited to fly to NY to meet the host after she had appeared as a guest on the O'Reilly Factor from a Los Angeles studio.

O'Reilly's attorney said on Tuesday that the host was the target of a "smear campaign" funded by far-left advocacy groups.

As Fox News scrambles to retain an image of "respect" and "truth", it is clear that O'Reilly's replacement in the form of Carlson will have to be much more than just a simple rescheduling of time slots and on-air content. The channel's majority owner is Fox News Channel parent company 21st Century Fox.

"He was the voice for many conservatives in the United States", Binning said. Before the segment, the two discussed a bet they had made for dinner. Olbermann said that when he was working at Fox Sports in 1999, he helped a friend get a job at Fox News.

O'Reilly's "Killing" historical series, including "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Reagan", have consistently sold 1 million or more copies in hardcover, a rare achievement in publishing, and his platform on Fox enabled him to promote his work.