Bill O'Reilly Out at Fox, Lineup Shaken Up

Posted April 25, 2017

The Times reported earlier this month that 21st Century Fox or O'Reilly paid $13 million to five women since 2002 to settle cases where they alleged inappropriate behavior by O'Reilly.

Walsh does not have a legal claim against O'Reilly due to the statute of limitations on harassment cases in NY and California, but she did report the matter to the human resources hotline of the company earlier this month.

O'Reilly released a statement on his departure from the network Wednesday afternoon, saying, in part, "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims". She represents Roginsky in her April 3 filed sexual harassment and retaliation suit against Ailes and FNC.

Ruddy said he would want to know more about the issues surrounding O'Reilly's ouster from Fox.

Despite the scandal, O'Reilly continued to attract viewers.

Bill O'Reilly, the powerful host at Fox News for 20 years, has been forced out of his prime-time position amid a series of sexual harassment allegations against him. He still went ahead and signed a new contract with Fox, however. Caroline Heldman, a professor at Occidental College, and guest on the O'Reilly Factor reportedly called the Fox News hotline on Wednesday to make her allegations official against the former network ratings star. That's why I think it's important to give a lot of credit to [former Fox News anchor] Gretchen Carlson for coming out and really being the person who started this conversation.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan are co-executive chairmen of the company and son James is chief executive officer. The woman, speaking anonymously through her lawyer, said she never had a direct conversation with the Fox commentator, but said he referred to her as "hot chocolate" at one point when they were together alone, made grunting noises and leered at her cleavage and legs.

What's next at the network with O'Reilly ousted? Tucker Carlson Tonight takes over on Monday - the day O'Reilly was scheduled to return from vacationing in Italy.

There was no immediate response from Bill O'Reilly's bosses Wednesday to escalating reports that the Fox News Channel personality will lose his job following accusations he had harassed women.

When it announced Ailes' departure last summer, 21st Century Fox said that it would "continue our commitment to maintaining a work environment based on trust and respect". The company is making "a pretty big statement" to that effect by dropping O'Reilly, said Hall, the American University professor.