Maxine Waters: 'There's Something Wrong Psychologically' With Bill O'Reilly
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 10:15
Bill O'Reilly has been forced to quit his role at Fox News following claims of sexual harassment involving the prime-time USA host.
Hours after 21st Century Fox announced Bill O'Reilly's ousting from Fox News, former contributor Kirsten Powers recalled complaining about the former anchor's behavior.
The New York Times published a report in January claiming that Fox News had settled several separate sexual harassment lawsuits against O'Reilly over the years, paying out a total of more than $13 million.
Activist groups such as the National Organisation for Women have been bringing pressure to bear for weeks on the firm to fire O'Reilly in a case that NOW said became emblematic of the "culture of sexual harassment at Fox News" and requires an "immediate independent investigation".
Now, the top ratings for O'Reilly's time slot - and Fox's other prime-time shows - could be at risk.
"What Rush Limbaugh was to talk radio, Bill O'Reilly has been to conservative television", said Mark Feldstein, communication professor at the University of Maryland. "But that is the unfortunate reality that many of us in the public eye must live with today". "Bill O'Reilly, who hosted this program for 20 years, is leaving the Fox News Channel", fill-in Dana Perino said at the beginning of the broadcast last night".
This decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.
His abrupt dismissal ends O'Reilly's 21-years at the helm of The O'Reilly Factor, which began as The O'Reilly Report when the fledgling network began in 1996.
On Tuesday, protesters gathered outside the New York City offices of Fox to demand the cable network fire O'Reilly, whose career has been dogged by scandal.
As the accusations piled up, more than 50 major advertisers pulled out of his show even though viewership soared. The new Fox News primetime lineup will feature Tucker Carlson Tonight in O'Reilly's former time slot at 8 p.m., CNN reported.
O'Reilly's lawyers said he was the victim of an orchestrated campaign by liberal organizations like Media Matters for America, which contacted his advertisers to pressure them to leave the show. "You have also been loyal and we can't tell you how much that means to everyone on The Factor". According to The New York Times, tickets for this special section are granted by the prefecture of the papal household, not the pope himself, so it's likely that Pope Francis didn't know who he would be meeting with.