Bill O'Reilly out at Fox News

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Aprile 20, 2017

Is it because of his remarks about slaves being "well-fed?"

The Fox News led by Ailes and figureheaded by O'Reilly was, according to the lawsuits and media reports, a nightmare factory for the women who worked there.

Mr. O'Reilly is departing two and a half weeks after an investigation by The New York Times revealed how Fox News and 21st Century Fox had repeatedly stood by him even as sexual harassment allegations against him mounted.

Fox News Channel may have shaken things up today with the official announcement that it has dumped Bill O'Reilly, but the overall look of the channel's prime-time lineup appears to be in for more of a fine-tune than a radical overhaul.

The network's most popular personality was sacked after a New York Time report earlier this month that said five women had been paid $13 million in settlements after they alleged sexual harassment and mistreatment. In the wake of the Times' report, at least 60 advertisers told Fox to remove their commercials from "The O'Reilly Factor".

Murdoch, who is executive chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox, also wrote the company is committed to "fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect". And Fox pointed out that the network finished last week ahead of all cable networks in viewership, as it has for much of this year.

It's only been three months since Carlson took over the 9 p.m. ET time slot that opened up after former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's departure for NBC, but Carlson is now set to replace yet another TV ratings giant at Fox News.

"The O'Reilly Factor" spent 15 years as the highest-rated cable news show. Rupert Murdoch, who founded the company, is 86, and is in the middle of transferring power to his sons, Lachlan and James.

For the remainder of this week, "The O'Reilly Factor" will continue in the 8:00 p.m. spot, with Dana Perino as the guest host on Wednesday and Thursday.

The letter concluded with an apparent nod to morale problems within Fox News recently. While Fox's two biggest rivals, CNN and MSNBC, would not be interested in hiring him, conservative upstarts like Newsmax or One America News (OANN) could be. "I wish only the best for Fox News Channel". With a profit center gone, 21st Century Fox stock fell nearly 1 percent Wednesday in heavy trading. He was photographed in Rome shaking Pope Francis' hand on Wednesday. And overall, only about 38 percent of Republican-leaning Americans want Fox News to keep O'Reilly's show, while 31 percent want it canceled, and 32 percent had no opinion. O'Reilly has denied wrongdoing.

O'Reilly, a Catholic, who a year ago challenged the pope's views on immigration and promised to convince him of the need for reform, shook hands briefly with the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics at the Vatican. Her organization said that the next scandal for Fox News might be "just months away" and that the network should fire "all those found guilty of, or complicit in, covering up sexual harassment" at the company.

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