O'Reilly's departure creates new challenges for Fox

Patrice Gainsbourg
Abril 20, 2017

Not long after, 21st Century Fox announced on Wednesday that O'Reilly won't be returning to the network.

Mr. O'Reilly has denied any wrongdoing, saying he paid settlements to "put to rest any controversies to spare my children".

As Fox News scrambles to retain an image of "respect" and "truth", it is clear that O'Reilly's replacement in the form of Carlson will have to be much more than just a simple rescheduling of time slots and on-air content. The ensuing furor sparked an advertiser boycott, which likely sealed O'Reilly's fate.

Bill, who has been on vacation in Italy for the past week, sat in a V.I.P. section and shook hands with The Pope, according to The New York Times. They drew sharp contrasts between O'Reilly and his fellow primetime hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, who they described as being friendly in person despite being polarizing on camera. She called on Fox News parent 21st Century Fox to "resolve without delay" the claims of Roginsky and other women "who have been harassed, intimidated, demeaned and discriminated against".

The woman, who is not contemplating any legal action, reported being "very stressed and disillusioned" about her job and believed she would be fired if she complained to anyone, Bloom said.

"He is what people think of when they think of Fox News", said Andrew Tyndall, a television news consultant. He still went ahead and signed a new contract with Fox, however.

The firing followed a New York Times investigation that uncovered $13 million in settlements paid out to five women in exchange for agreeing to not speak out or pursue litigation regarding allegations of sexual harassment against O'Reilly.

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Two cars were in front of his, and police were on the way by the time Stephens reached the pickup window. (AP Photo/James H. State police major William Teper said the trooper who rammed Stephens' auto "saw him pull the gun out and shoot himself".

The departure from Fox News marks a stunning end to a near ideal marriage between a pugnacious personality and network. He is scheduled to return on Monday.

"Bill O'Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America", Marc Kasowitz said in a statement.

O'Reilly averaged almost 4 million viewers a night for the first three months of 2017, his best performance ever.

So, the question for employees is, how is FOX going to prove itself to them that they are, indeed, serious about this issue?

Sources with knowledge of the matter say that Rupert Murdoch was in favor of keeping O'Reilly because of his value to the company, and because he chafes at the thought of caving to public pressure.

"Mission accomplished", said Keith Olbermann, who frequently tweaked O'Reilly on an MSNBC show that competed in the same time slot for several years.

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