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"I don't think Bill did anything wrong", President Trump told the Times in an interview earlier this month.

"Paying settlements to cover up O'Reilly's egregious harassment was a cost of doing business as long as it was confidential", said attorney Debra Katz, founding partner at Katz, Marshall & Banks, which handles employment discrimination cases. Through his lawyers O'Reilly said it is "tremendously disheartening" to leave Fox News and added they are "completely unfounded claims".

"But it is the unfortunate reality that man in the public eye must live with today", O'Reilly said.

O'Reilly, who recently signed a multiyear contract worth over $20million a year, was halfway around the world at the time, having spent the morning meeting Pope Francis in Vatican City.

Starting Monday, Carlson's show will be followed at 7 p.m. MDT by "The Five", relocating from its afternoon slot.

The money was paid sometimes by O'Reilly, other times by Fox.

Noting the "dramatic changes", Perino said: "It is the end of the era".

But O'Reilly's program showed that a single compelling host with a consistent approach could draw a loyal and large audience. The sources say O'Reilly was very unpopular among staffers compared to colleagues like Sean Hannity. "Were they watching?" Noah wondered. "He's a brand on his own, as you can tell from all the best-selling books he's got", he said.

"In many ways, he led Fox's cable news revolution", said Frank Sesno, a journalism professor at George Washington University and former CNN Washington bureau chief. His No. 1 cable news show made about $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015. The settlements - involving women who have either worked with O'Reilly or appeared on his show - took place sporadically between 2002 and 2016. O'Reilly was alleged to have slowed the careers of women who spurned his advances.

Meanwhile, a friend of Heldman wrote on Twitter: 'Caroline is my friend and she talked about this to me at the time.

The scandal, which was initially reported by The New York Times, had motivated about 50 companies - including big names such as Mercedes-Benz, Hundai and BMW - to withdraw their advertising from "The O'Reilly Factor", the host's evening program, as reported in EFE.

O'Reilly's salary is believed to be $18 million. "You failed him. You failed Bill O'Reilly".

O'Reilly, who has been off the air on vacation since April 11, said in a written statement he was proud of the "unprecedented success" at Fox.

Powers said she also complained to then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

"Nation, shame on you". "Certainly they make things better for America". It didn't help that the controversy was set in motion by the Times, a publication hated in conservative circles. In the fallout, The Associated Press reported that about 60 sponsors had withdrawn advertisements for "The O'Reilly Factor".

Built by Australian-born American media baron Rupert Murdoch two decades ago into the leading cable news channel, it has drawn praise from conservatives and vitriol from liberals.

O'Reilly is also one of the country's most popular nonfiction authors. "No more silencing women!"