O'Reilly is out at Fox but influence endures; career too?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Despite the inglorious end to Bill O'Reilly's two-decade Fox News Channel career, observers say his deep imprint on Fox and other cable news outlets and his influence on barbed political discourse are intact for the foreseeable future.

The company said Wednesday that it had parted ways with longtime host Bill O'Reilly after a "thorough and careful review of allegations against him". Dozens of his show's advertisers fled within days, even though O'Reilly's viewership increased. Fox said that Tucker Carlson's show would move to 8 p.m.to replace O'Reilly and that the panel talk show "The Five" would take Carlson's time slot at 9 p.m. Marc Kasowitz, O'Reilly's lawyer, said in a statement on Tuesday that the television host "has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America".

Fox News is trying to ride out a scandal that erupted last summer, when the network's former reporter and talk show host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against then-news director Roger Ailes, who ended up resigning last July.

The New York Times reports that an African-American woman - who remains anonymous - came forward this week with allegations of her own, saying O'Reilly would at various times grunt like a "wild boar" at her desk, leer at her and refer to her as "hot chocolate".

Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann were both combative TV personalities who fell out with their networks, Beck at Fox and Olbermann at MSNBC and ESPN (DIS).

Fox News sets the agenda for the Republican Party, Binning said, and losing one of their most iconic voices could affect that. The network's parent company, 21st Century Fox, announced the move in a statement Wednesday.

"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.

Ruddy, of Newsmax, said Wednesday, "I think Bill O'Reilly was the heart and soul of that network, and he has unparalleled and unchallenged talent".

The show itself will be removed from the lineup beginning Monday.

By ratings standards, Bill O'Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news.

Up until a blink of an eye ago, Bill O'Reilly was the strongest franchise at the strongest cable news channel in America.

O'Reilly had ruled the "no spin zone" on television with a quick smile and an even quicker temper. He pushed a populist, conservative-leaning point of view born from growing up on Long Island, and was quick to shout down those who disagreed with him.

O'Reilly and United States president Donald Trump were both "crowd-pleasing showmen who know how to signal to loyalists in their audience that they are not taking themselves quite as seriously as their detractors are", said news consultant Andrew Tyndall.

"It was a sad cocktail party story that women tell each other and shrug our shoulders and go, 'Ugh, another one, ' " Walsh told NPR earlier this month. He has also had bestsellers with everything from the memoir "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" to his most recent work, "Old School", which includes passages urging the respectful treatment of women. At the end of the show, she paid him a warm tribute.

His book publishing partner, Henry Holt, said Wednesday that "our plans have not changed". Such tickets can be obtained via special request to the papal household from embassies, high-ranking churchmen or Vatican officials.