O'Reilly is out at Fox News amid sexual harassment accusations

Bill O'Reilly has been forced to quit his role at Fox News following claims of sexual harassment involving the prime-time U.S. host.

"It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims", O'Reilly, 67, said in a statement.

Fox News has officially severed ties with Bill O'Reilly, host of "The O'Reilly Factor", after sexual harassment accusations were leveled against him.

Off-camera unseen forces raged against him, culminating in Fox News Channel's admission today that O'Reilly is getting the boot.

O'Reilly - who has denied the claims - has been off the air since last week, when he announced he would be taking a vacation.

The muted response stood in stark contrast to how O'Reilly defended himself against sexual harassment allegations back in 2004, and the scorched earth counteroffensive mounted last summer by supporters of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes after he faced his own harassment allegations.

Ailes, 76, launched the network in 1996 and oversaw its development into a high-ratings TV network and an effective PR platform for Republican politics.

In the wake of the Times report, two more women have come forward to accuse O'Reilly of harassment, one anonymously.

The statement announcing O'Reilly's departure was signed by Rupert, Lachlan, and James Murdoch.

Carlson's show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight", will take over O'Reilly's time slot on Monday, April 24.

By that time, the news had already generated considerable coverage on Fox's primary cable news competitors, CNN and MSNBC. The letter said, "His success, by any measure, is indisputable".

Then, she said, she complained to Ailes, who resigned from the network a year ago amid allegations of sexual harassment. Days before the Times released its story, O'Reilly came under fire for making a racist and sexist joke about the congresswoman on Fox News' morning show.

That put pressure on 21st Century Fox and the Murdoch family, which controls the company.

"Lastly and most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of truest and respect".

United States television network Fox News on Wednesday removed one of its most popular hosts from the company following multiple allegations of sexual harassment and "inappropriate behaviour".

"The Five" will be replaced at 3 p.m. MDT by a one-hour program hosted by Eric Bolling, to debut May 1. It referred to O'Reilly's series of best-selling books on the deaths of major historical figures. "Certainly they make things better for America". She had won the bet, but Mr. O'Reilly had never paid up.

  • Salvatore Jensen