Bill Bashes Fox News & 'Unfounded Claims' After Getting Fired

Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, have emphasized changing the company's culture, so any form of harassment is unacceptable. Fox News says that they chose to move on from O'Reilly after an investigation that was done in collaboration with an outside party; the allegations are still just that, but there was obviously enough concern about them to cause dozens of advertisers to pull their ads.

O'Reilly and Ailes have denied the allegations against them.

Pressure on Fox has mounted since recent reports that five women had received $13m (£10m) in payouts because of O'Reilly's behaviour. He was the top-rated host in cable news, delivering defiant commentary every weeknight with a message that celebrated patriotism and expressed scorn for political correctness. The news of his departure from Fox comes on the heels of an exodus of advertisers from his show's time slot.

Presenter Megyn Kelly has bolted to NBC. "But you have to put some spine back into the Murdoch family and the Fox News Channel board because you are about to lose Bill O'Reilly". Eric Bolling, who had been a co-host of "The Five", is taking the 5 p.m. hour by himself, though his new show will not debut until May 1.

Embattled Fox News host Bill O'Reilly had a brief handshake with Pope Francis on Wednesday as sexual harassment allegations dog him at home. "But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today", O'Reilly said in the statement, which was emailed by crisis communications expert Mark Fabiani.

In other words, I wouldn't know O'Reilly if I tripped over him, which reminds me, if I worked at Fox and tripped over him, I'd sue him, because that's what Fox women do.

Southland attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents three women accusing O'Reilly of sexual harassment, called the announcement by Fox News a victory for victims who were fearless enough to come forward - and hopes more will now do the same.

Following the Times story, Fox parent company 21st Century Fox said it had asked the same law firm that investigated Ailes to look into O'Reilly's behavior.

Powers, who moved to CNN last summer, said "it was sort of unthinkable that he would ever leave there, except on his own terms". But the New York Times reported that two of the O'Reilly settlements were reached after Ailes left.

Greene said instances of harassment occurred when she was a regular guest on the network but before she became a network contributor in November 2010. Greene disclosed her allegations to The Times in the fall but made a decision to go on the record this week.

Stephen Colbert, who mercilessly parodied O'Reilly on "The Colbert Report", paid tongue-in-cheek homage to the deposed host Wednesday on Colbert's late-night CBS show.

Up to last week, the effects O'Reilly's scandal had on his program appeared mixed. "Certainly they make things better for America". At the end of the show, she paid him a warm tribute. She quit the job - and the business - due to her treatment by O'Reilly, he said. His representatives have not yet commented, but his lawyer indicated that a statement would be forthcoming.

But, also like Letterman, Stewart reserved a certain amount of latent respect for O'Reilly, even going so far as to defend him in 2015 from criticism surrounding his claims to war-zone reporting.