O'Reilly Maintains Innocence After Ouster From Fox News

Andrew Cummings
April 21, 2017

The report came just months after Fox News' founder Roger Ailes resigned amid similar allegations. The conservative lightning rod called the accusations "unfounded" in his parting statement, but his departure still marks the end of an era on cable news.

A day after his ouster from Fox News over allegations of sexual harassment, Bill O'Reilly remains a popular author on Amazon.com.

This leads Fox's parent company, 21st Century Fox, to conduct an internal review. Tucker Carlson will take over his 8 p.m. ET time slot. "The real question is what happens next. I can live with that". O'Reilly was a dominant a figure in cable TV news. Most of his management team remained, and the network's approach didn't change. There are many offices these days where pulling a Clinton, Trump or O'Reilly will get you summarily canned. O'Reilly wasn't always predictable in his opinions.


Perino did not address the reasons for O'Reilly's dismissal. Carlson has made it a point to seek a younger audience by reaching out to the alt-right community, said Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal Media Matters for America.

"The Five" will be replaced at 5 p.m. EDT by a one-hour program hosted by Eric Bolling, to debut May 1.

Even with O'Reilly gone from Fox, Sesno said he doubts that the public appetite for his brand of "angry, high-decibel" chatter will give way to a new regard for civility. The settlements - involving women who have either worked with O'Reilly or appeared on his show - took place sporadically between 2002 and 2016. The panelists are familiar to Fox viewers, and O'Reilly protege Jesse Watters is being added to the mix. She was referring to the show against which The Five will now compete: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show.


In all, they were paid $13 million.

O'Reilly had worked for Fox News for over 20 years before he was released on Wednesday. "I only wish the best for Fox News Channel". Some observers, like the NOW demonstrators, wonder if that can happen without further changes behind the scenes. "The men there and Roger Ailes, this was a way of life for them", Waters said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360".

"What a difference a year can make for a lot of us", she said on MSNBC.


A former Fox clerical worker who anonymously complained Tuesday came forward Thursday on "The View" to identify herself and speak about the experience. O'Reilly was "a ratings machine", said Vijay Jayant, an analyst at Evercore ISI, in a note to clients.

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