O'Reilly's departure creates new challenges for Fox

20 April, 2017, 08:51 | Author: Douglas Reid

FILE - In this October 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in NY. Is it because of his remarks about slaves being "well-fed?"

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

O'Reilly faced a tidal wave of opposition after the New York Times reported on April 1 that he and his network's parent company paid a total of $13 million in hush money to several women over the years who were pursuing sexual harassment claims against him.

On Wednesday, just a couple of weeks after The New York Times investigation was published (along with 21st Century Fox's statement at the time), 21st Century Fox distributed a statement to the press, saying the decision to finally say goodbye to O'Reilly came after "a thorough and careful review of the allegations".

After news of the settlements broke, The O'Reilly Factor lost more than half of its advertisers within a week, according to The Times. The news comes after O'Reilly had been on hiatus for Easter and rumors suggested Fox was considering his removal. By the evening, "The O'Reilly Factor" no longer bore his name, simply titled "The Factor".

"You better stand up now and figure out what's really happening with this O'Reilly thing or you're gonna lose Fox News", Beck told viewers of the channel during Wednesday's episode of The Glenn Beck Radio Program.

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The folks at the top who have been allowing this culture to remain in place in Fox News need to be fired.

CO: We've known since last summer, since the former chairman of Fox Roger Ales, was forced out - at that time, the Murdochs, the family that owns network, said that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable, this is not the culture that they would like to see at a Fox, and that this was going to be unacceptable.

Nearly immediately after the announcement of O'Reilly's departure, Fox released its new, O'Reilly-less lineup, which will start Monday, the day O'Reilly had been scheduled to return from vacation.

Others say that O'Reilly's firing won't be a sticking point for most Fox viewers.

In part of an internal moment, 21st Century Fox said, "Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect". But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.

O'Reilly, who was with the network for 20 years, said he was proud of his time at Fox. O'Reilly is on a two-week vacation that on Wednesday took him to Francis‚à "ô general audience in St. Peter‚à "ôs Square". "I think it is more like the platform being the kind of engine that drives the creation of that personality".

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