Stephen Colbert and 'Stephen Colbert' bid farewell to Bill O'Reilly

Corporate parent of Fox News, 21 Century Fox, issued this statement: "After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel".

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

The National Geographic channel says it has made no decision about its development of Bill O'Reilly's book "Killing Patton" following O'Reilly's exit from Fox News. "Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News".

Where the host called "The O'Reilly Factor" "one of the most successful news programs in history", Bee called it the "loudest", while his boast that audiences were "consistently informed" was changed to "consistently lied to".

"A lot of women just don't talk about these things because if you make too much trouble, your career is over", she added.

Following the report on the harassment allegations, several major companies pulled their advertising from the show, including German carmakers BMW and Mercedes Benz.

The conservative-leaning host's downfall was swift and steep, set in motion less than three weeks ago by revelations of a string of sexual harassment complaints against him.

O'Reilly, who was with the network for 20 years, said he was proud of his time at Fox. Yesterday, an African American woman who worked as a clerical worker in 2008 at Fox News, claimed O'Reilly engaged in a pattern of harassment that lasted for months including making animal noises at her, staring at her cleavage and calling her "hot chocolate". Leaving O'Reilly in place would probably have been a public-relations nightmare for James and Lachlan Murdoch.

Then, she said, she complained to Ailes, who resigned from the network a year ago amid allegations of sexual harassment.

"I understand how hard this has been for many of you", it said.

Stephen Colbert - a long time critic of O'Reilly - said that "By ratings standards, he is".

Following the memo, Fox announced "Tucker Carlson Tonight" will begin airing an hour earlier to fill the time slot vacated byO'Reilly. Martha MacCallum and Sean Hannity will remain in their current spots at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively, and the 5 p.m. hour will be occupied by a new show, hosted by Eric Bolling, starting May 1.

O'Reilly had already vacated his anchor chair for the most recent Factor episodes, with guest hosts like Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino filling in as the former anchor took a "vacation" and met Pope Francis. Ousting O'Reilly, he said, "does not speak to a changed culture".

  • Salvatore Jensen