O'Reilly out at Fox News Channel, still denies allegations

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After almost two decades as Fox News' most popular host, Bill O'Reilly, 67, was let go Wednesday by parent company 21st Century Fox.

Fox is preparing to end its relationship with the host of "The O'Reilly Factor" following a wave of sexual harassment allegations, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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.

"He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raises the bar for interviewers everywhere", she said, thanking his many loyal viewers.

Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox released a statement on Wednesday announcing O'Reilly would not be returning to the company.

O'Reilly's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, claimed that his client was being subjected to a "brutal campaign of character assassination" and that there is a smear campaign orchestrated by far-left organisations bent on destroying O'Reilly for political and financial reasons.

Fox also announced Wednesday that Tucker Carlson is moving into O'Reilly's coveted 8 p.m. time slot. Comedian Alec Baldwin mocked O'Reilly's silence on "Saturday Night Live". But Fox said Wednesday that wouldn't happen.

Demonstrators rally against Fox News television personality Bill O'Reilly outside of the News Corp. and Fox News headquarters in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, a day before he was let go by Fox News.

Bill O'Reilly better start looking for a new gig!

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There is, however, one notable thing about the Times investigation: It caught the ire of O'Reilly's advertisers, and more than 50 of them dropped the show.

Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan, who run 21st Century Fox, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

The New York Times reported on April 1 that Fox and O'Reilly paid five women a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims.

"I understand how hard this has been for many of you", Rupert Murdoch said in a memo to Fox staff.

If the network truly wants to foster a safe environment for its employees, it needs to operate in a manner that earns the trust and respect of the women who work there-and not just when the company is doing damage control.

For two decades, the pugnacious host ruled the roost at the channel with his "no spin zone" on the network's flagship program, the O'Reilly Factor. Carlson's settlement was for $20 million, and Fox News issued a public apology to Carlson.

As for O'Reilly's book deal, Henry Holt and Co.

"This is what happens when women speak our truth - we can slay dragons", said California attorney Lisa Bloom, insisting Fox should have fired him years ago when the allegations surfaced.

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