But O'Reilly has been on Fox News for more than two decades.
CO: What we have heard back from those representing Mr. O'Reilly is that he regards himself to have been a victim in this.What do you say to Mr. O'Reilly? Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid m. O'Reilly could be totally innocent but when advertisers abandon ship, it's over. The channel said it was focusing on presenting its 2018 programming to advertisers and wasn't making decisions beyond that for now.
This is not, however, the first time Carlson's slot has changed.
But the social media-driven advertiser exodus ― along with public protests, continued fallout from the sexual harassment scandal involving former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, and the possibility of sinking a major British TV deal ― was apparently too much for the Murdochs.
It's unlikely that O'Reilly viewers will flock to less partisan hosts (CNN) or avowedly progressive ones (MSNBC), and many who tuned in nightly will stick with Fox News as long as a right-leaning host is on air. He thanked his viewers and noted the success Fox had achieved.
Host Tucker Carlson will take over O'Reilly's 8 p.m. time slot next Monday.
5 p.m. ET - a one hour program hosted by Eric Bolling to debut on May 1.
It also demonstrates the growing influence Lachlan and James Murdoch, no fans of O'Reilly's style of television, now have inside the 21 Century Fox organisation.
The sexual harassment charges against Bill O'Reilly aren't new.
"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", 21st Century Fox released in a statement.
Here are six moments that perfectly capture the tempestuous personality that helped build a cable news empire. "Cable news is someone standing on a mountain top shouting, and Bill O'Reilly was on the highest peak so he echoed across the landscape".
The National Organization for Women (NOW) has called for an independent investigation to be conducted into the "culture of sexual harassment" at Fox News. Bill O'Reilly is leaving as of today after what our parent company, 21st Century Fox, called an extensive review of sexual harassment allegations against him, allegations that O'Reilly again today called completely unfounded. The agreements totaled about $13 million.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed O'Reilly was in the VIP section for the pope's Wednesday appearance.
Francis always swings by the VIP seats at the end of his audience for a quick round of handshakes.
21st Century Fox stock dropped following the announcement of O'Reilly's departure from Fox News, closing at $30.39 a share, down 0.88 percent for the day.
The Murdoch family decided in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal to cut ties with O'Reilly, Fox's biggest star, before he returns from a vacation next week, NY magazine reported, citing anonymous network sources.