What will Bill O'Reilly do now?

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

The downfall of Fox's most popular - and most lucrative - personality began with an April 1 report in The New York Times that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about disturbing encounters with O'Reilly, who continued to deny any wrongdoing in a statement hours after he was sacked. Conservative personality Glenn Beck - who once lost a job at Fox because a similar campaign choked his program of paying advertisers - came to O'Reilly's defense on his radio show. "But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today".

NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported Wednesday morning that in negotiating his exit, O'Reilly asked for an opportunity to bid farewell to his loyal audience and that network executives were leaning toward granting his request.

Bloom announced Wednesday that she was representing a third O'Reilly accuser, Occidental College politics professor and occasional Fox News guest Caroline Heldman, writing on Twitter that "we just called in her report" to the Fox News sexual harassment hotline.

Earlier this month, The New York Times published an investigation that found that O'Reilly and Fox News had paid out $13 million to five women to settle sexual-harassment claims they had brought against him.

A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "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".

In a memo to Fox staff on Wednesday, the Murdochs said the decision followed an extensive review done in collaboration with an outside counsel.

Both Fox and O'Reilly confirmed O'Reilly's departure from the network earlier Wednesday.

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"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.

As we reported last week, an independent analysis by the ad-tracking firm iSpot.tv showed O'Reilly's program had lost about half its advertisers in a span of several weeks due to the allegations.

Others say that O'Reilly's firing won't be a sticking point for most Fox viewers.

The Bill O'Reilly era at Fox News is over, but the controversy continues.

How did the allegations affect "The O'Reilly Factor"? (O'Reilly denied the accusations.) Another female Fox contributor subsequently came forward with a new complaint against the Fox host, and there are reports of more. It's the top-rated show on the No. 1 cable network — one that, according to the investment bank Nomura's estimates, accounts for fully 20 percent of profits at 21st Century Fox.

Author Stephen King tweeted: "New book by Fox News: Killing Bill O'Reilly". In the past four months, according to the New York Times, Carlson has replaced three mega-personalities at Fox News.

"You may have already heard - there are some major changes coming to the programming lineup here at Fox News Channel", "Special Report" host Bret Baier said.

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