O'Reilly's bosses not commenting on reports that he's out

Danny Woods
April 20, 2017

O'Reilly said he would look back on his time at Fox "with great pride in the unprecedented success" achieved and with "deepest gratitude" to his "dedicated viewers".

This particular show consistently got Fox News its best ratings, drawing nearly 4 million viewers a night and generating more than $446 million in advertising revenue between 2014 and 2016, according to Kantar Media. Burke, a former Fox News correspondent in Rome, denied having facilitated the tickets. Bill's most recent salary was $20 million per year.

The host's cable news downfall came after a swift series of events over the last month: First, it was disclosed that he and Fox News paid out $13 million in settlements with five different women who accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment. Dozens of his show's advertisers fled, even though O'Reilly's viewership increased. His representatives have not yet commented, but his lawyer indicated that a statement would be forthcoming.

But O'Reilly has been on Fox News for more than two decades. Fox News has demonstrated again and again the strength of its talent bench.

The embattled primetime host is widely disliked at Fox News and its parent company 21st Century Fox, both feared and loathed for his outsized ego and rude temperament, according to six current and former high-ranking sources at the company.

Murdoch, who is executive chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox, also wrote the company is committed to "fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect".

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The letter concluded with an apparent nod to morale problems within Fox News recently.

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

It might take a while for the heated reactions to die down, but however you feel about the news, O'Reilly is out. Ousting O'Reilly, he said, "does not speak to a changed culture". O'Reilly's ratings overshadow Carlson's, and his show's viewership fell this week while he was on vacation and other Fox hosts subbed in.

NPR reported that "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host Tucker Carlson will replace O'Reilly's 8 p.m. show slot. "The Five" will move into the 9 p.m. ET timeslot starting Monday.

O'Reilly's exit, which was first reported by NY magazine, follows that of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who was forced to resign in July after being accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women, including former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer). A poster featuring Bill O'Reilly is displayed at the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. "You can't underestimate the influence and the profits that he brought into Fox News for all these years and that's why they hesitated so long in doing the right thing".

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