Fox News has officially cut ties with its biggest prime time star, Bill O'Reilly, following sexual harassment claims lodged against him.
After almost two decades as Fox News' most popular host, Bill O'Reilly, 67, was let go Wednesday by parent company 21st Century Fox. O'Reilly released a statement of his own, stating, "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims". His trip came as Fox News Channel's parent company 21st Century Fox is investigating sexual harassment allegations against him. Instead, it reminds Fox's staff that O'Reilly was super successful - and, in fact, "one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news". O'Reilly was photographed in Rome shaking Pope Francis' hand on Wednesday.
Fox has announced Tucker Carlson's show will replace O'Reilly's in the coveted 8 p.m. time slot. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.
Dana Perino, who had been subbing for O'Reilly who had been on vacation for the past few days, acknowledged his departure at the top of "The Factor".
NY magazine reported Wednesday, based on unnamed sources, that Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox parent 21st Century Fox, had decided that O'Reilly was out and executives were planning the exit.
Mr. O'Reilly is being swept out of Fox News after revelations that he and the company paid settlements to women who accused him of sexual harassment and verbal abuse.
Keith Olbermann discusses Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox with Katie Couric.
Anyway, the encounter now seems pretty awkward, as it came just hours before 21st Century Fox announced that Bill O'Reilly had been forced out of his position after advertisers pulled out of his highly-rated program, following assault accusations.
Now, however, they have brought down the top-rated conservative talk show on cable news.
Some were still mourning over O'Reilly's ouster.
Kelly was also one of the accusers and detailed Ailes' behavior in her best-selling book, "Settle for More". And what happened was is that after Roger Ailes left last summer, they that said they were going to change the culture and that it was going to be different at FOX and that women were going to feel comfortable there and there weren't going to be issues.