But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. As popular as the conservative icon was, mounting attention to the sexual harassment claims - including one filed just Tuesday - prompted dozens of national advertisers to abandon his show.
Bill O'Reilly's old time slot on Fox News had a new look and a new name on Wednesday night, hours after his departure was announced.
Early on, Fox News appeared willing to stand behind O'Reilly, but that became more hard to do since The New York Times published an April 1 story detailing $13 million in payouts by Fox and O'Reilly to women accusing him of sexual harassment. NPR's David Folkenflik reports that Walsh went through Fox News' formal complaint process, alleging O'Reilly made unwelcome advances during what she believed to be a business dinner.
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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.More news: Crowds Flock to See Giant Newfoundland Iceberg
In a nod to the allegations against O'Reilly, the statement closed with "we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect". The organization is simply highlighting the fact that there's quite a lineup of events that led up to this moment, when O'Reilly has been ousted from the air. Murdoch also owns Fox News. The news comes after O'Reilly had been on hiatus for Easter and rumors suggested Fox was considering his removal.
O'Reilly released a statement on Wednesday afternoon, saying it is "tremendously disheartening" to leave the network under the current circumstances.
Three sentences into the statement announcing that O'Reilly was out, Fox News PR declared that Carlson was in.
Up to last week, the effects O'Reilly's scandal had on his program appeared mixed. It doesn't mention the sexual harassment allegations or the reported $13 million that Fox and O'Reilly had to pay out to quiet the accusations.
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.
O'Reilly wants to return to say goodbye to his loyal audience, according to NY, but it's not clear if that will happen.