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Bill O'Reilly loses job at Fox News amid harassment allegations

Bill O'Reilly loses job at Fox News amid harassment allegations

The agreements totaled about $13 million.

As we reported last week, an independent analysis by the ad-tracking firm iSpot.tv showed O'Reilly's program had lost about half its advertisers in a span of several weeks due to the allegations. His trip came as Fox News Channel's parent company 21st Century Fox is investigating sexual harassment allegations against him.

"I understand how hard this has been for many of you", Rupert Murdoch said in a memo to Fox staff. Such allegations drove Roger Ailes from the company.

The New York Times reported earlier this month that O'Reilly had a history of sexual harassment cases that had been covered up by Fox.

"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. And others said he might even re-create some of his cable news success with a show on radio or an upstart internet streaming service.

His exit will be a far greater blow than the departure of rising star Megyn Kelly.

O'Reilly will be succeeded in the 8 p.m. "The Five", an ensemble political round table, will move to 9 p.m., from the afternoon.

The consensus in the TV news industry is that losing O'Reilly's program - which averaged 3.98 million viewers in the first quarter of 2017 - could drive down ratings for the entire Fox News prime-time lineup by about 25 percent.

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"But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today", he said in a statement.

Up to four million viewers watched "The O'Reilly Factor" each evening, making it the most-watched cable TV program in 2016 and generating $446 million in ad revenues for Fox between 2014 and a year ago, according to a study carried out by Kantar Media.

In a memo to Fox staff, the Murdochs said the decision followed an extensive review done in collaboration with an outside counsel.

O'Reilly's pugnacious personality wasn't just an onscreen affectation, with one of the settlements going to a woman who complained about being shouted at in the newsroom. We actually ended up having quite a good relationship.

And 21st Century Fox is much bigger than O'Reilly, Fox News and its aging, conservative audience.

Those are two of the outstanding questions now that Fox News has canceled "The O'Reilly Factor". At the end of the show, she paid him a warm tribute.

Greene said O'Reilly then told her that while she might want to "break his bank" with the restaurant choice, he "was more interested in breaking my back". "I wasn't a fan of his", he said. "I think he's still a hot commodity".

"Getting rid of the old guard is a way to do that", said Dan Cassino, a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the author of "Fox News & American Politics: How One Channel Shapes American Politics & Society".

But O'Reilly's program showed that a single compelling host with a consistent approach could draw a loyal and large audience.