Bill O'Reilly Ousted From Fox News, Twitter Feasts

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

Twenty-First Century Fox has chose to part ways with star cable news host Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, the company said on Wednesday.

O'Reilly, a devout Catholic, has not commented on the split but was photographed shaking Pope Francis' hand in Rome on Wednesday.

WOODLAND HILLS Southland attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents three women accusing ex-Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment, said Wednesday that O'Reilly's ouster is a victory for victims who were courageous enough to come forward.

The New York Times reports that an African-American woman - who remains anonymous - came forward this week with allegations of her own, saying O'Reilly would at various times grunt like a "wild boar" at her desk, leer at her and refer to her as "hot chocolate". The ensuing furor sparked an advertiser boycott, which likely sealed O'Reilly's fate.

As the controversy snowballed dozens of advertisers yanked their commercials from his program.

"It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims", he said. According to Variety, the number of national ads on O'Reilly's show dropped from an average of 33 in the month prior to the Times report to just seven on Friday, April 7.

Finally, financially hobbled and the target of street protests, Fox News pulled the plug on the host's 21-year run on the network.

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The network's reported decision is the culmination of a scandal that began when The New York Times reported that O'Reilly and Fox News had paid $13 million to five women over the past 15 years to settle sexual harassment and verbal abuse claims.

21st Century Fox released the following statement this afternoon in response to the firing.

"Tucker Carlson Tonight" will inherit the O'Reilly time slot at 8 weeknights, starting Monday.

Mr Burke, a former Fox News correspondent in Rome, denied having facilitated the tickets.

In contrast to Fox News, Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan that has published O'Reilly's best-selling books, said it was standing by him. Eastern time slot. "The O'Reilly Factor" will continue to air for the remainder of the week with guest hosts.

"I'm not going away", said Lisa Bloom, attorney for the latest accuser and another woman who alleges her career stalled because she spurned O'Reilly's advances.

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