Bill O'Reilly Leaves Fox News, Tucker Carlson Takes His Slot

In April, The New York Times reported that five women were paid a collective $13 million by O'Reilly and Fox News for agreeing to not file lawsuits or speak publicly about allegations that he harassed them.

In a shocking reversal of fortune for one of the most prominent voices in TV news, Bill O'Reilly has been fired from the Fox News Channel amid allegations of sexual harassment allegations levelled against the host.

Last year, Carlson played a significant role in the resignation of former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who was accused of sexually harassing dozens of women during his tenure.

O'Reilly, denied a chance to say goodbye to his Fox viewers, did so via a statement.

Gabriel Sherman, a long-time O'Reilly-watcher at NY magazine, reported Wednesday before the announcement that Fox executives were in the final negotiations with O'Reilly, mainly over the timing of an announcement and whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience. For years, the show has been a huge revenue source for its network, Fox News, and especially its parent company, 21 Century Fox.

Today's decision seemed unimaginable a few short weeks ago, given O'Reilly's long reign as the top-rated host in cable news.

On Wednesday, the Murdoch family finally made it official Bill O'Reilly was out after a slew of sexual harassment allegations against the long-time media star. Starting May 1, The Five's Eric Bolling will get his own show at 5 p.m. and Martha MacCallum's The First 100 Days will become permanent at 7 p.m.

Bill O'Reilly wasn't the easiest guy to deal with but I'll miss him.

For the remainder of this week, "The O'Reilly Factor" will continue with guest hosts Dana Perino on Wednesday and Thursday night and Greg Gutfeld on Friday night.

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 departure means promotions for several shows. He has also had best-sellers with everything from the memoir "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" to his most recent work, "Old School", which includes passages urging the respectful treatment of women.

One current Fox News contributor who had stayed silent for months came forward Wednesday with complaints that O'Reilly had made inappropriate comments to her. Luckily for 21 Century Fox, the top two and three cable news shows in prime time are also on Fox News: Tucker Carlson Tonight with Tucker Carlson and Hannity with Sean Hannity.

Welcome to Fox News in the Donald Trump era.

"Hello, Nation, and shame on you".

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.

O'Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard are due to release another book in the "Killing" series in September, and a spokeswoman for publisher Henry Holt and Co. said that plans had not changed.

  • Julie Sanders