Bill O'Reilly says historic run at Fox ended over 'unfounded' allegations

Posted April 20, 2017

ABC News has not been able to independently verify the claims made in the Times story. However, the first public sexual harassment lawsuit filed against O'Reilly (by a producer on his show) came in 2004.

O'Reilly said in a statement it is "tremendously disheartening" to leave due to what he called "completely unfounded claims".

Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations.

Murdoch and his sons are now considering whether or not to get rid of O'Reilly due to the multiple accusations of sexual harassment and verbal abuse that have been directed at him over more than a decade. His attorney claims the host has been the target of a "brutal campaign of character assassination" and has evidence, which he didn't immediately release, that a smear campaign is being orchestrated by "far-left organizations".

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

The statement announcing O'Reilly's departure was signed by Rupert, Lachlan, and James Murdoch.

Wendy Walsh, a regular guest on O'Reilly's show, told the Times the cable TV anchor retracted a lucrative role as a Fox contributor after she rebuffed his sexual advances in 2013.

The Times reported on April 1 that about $13 million has been paid out to a total of five women who have accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment.

Mr. O'Reilly spent 21 years at Fox News.

"In fact, his success by any measure is indisputable", according to the memo.

O'Reilly will be replaced in his prime-time lineup by Fox host Tucker Carlson. And by the way, screw 21st Century Fox of taking so long to let this dude go!

Variety also reported that the decision to oust O'Reilly probably happened yesterday or today.

How do you feel about what's happening at Fox News? The channel's majority owner is Fox News Channel parent company 21st Century Fox.

"According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O'Reilly's departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24", New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman wrote late Wednesday morning (April 19).