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O'Reilly is out at Fox News amid sexual harassment accusations

Richard Drew AP File Richard Drew AP File
Montrelle Montesinos | 21 Abril, 2017, 03:18

Shaun King added a bitter statement to the chorus of responses on social media, tweeting: "If O'Reilly is fired from Fox for sexual harassment it'll basically mean the standard for a Fox News host is higher than President of the United States". Martha MacCallum, who has been hosting a seasonal special called The First 100 Days, is expected to continue at 7 p.m.

The repercussions of O'Reilly's departure had been discussed during the previous hour, during which the hosts of "The Five" talked about the programming changes made in the wake of O'Reilly's departure - all without mentioning O'Reilly's name.

Fox News announced that it was working with advertisers, shifting their buys to run on other shows.

It is not known exactly how Fox News would handle O'Reilly's exit or whether he would be allowed to say goodbye to viewers on the air, according to the NY magazine report.

Smith also called on the cable news ratings leader to "release all employees from the mandatory arbitration and confidentiality clauses" in their contracts, which she says "have silenced women and kept the harassers, enablers and retaliators in place".

"After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel", 21st Century Fox, Fox News's parent company, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Carlson's show had moved to the 9 p.m. spot Megyn Kelly left Fox News in November.

Both Fox and O'Reilly confirmed O'Reilly's departure from the network earlier Wednesday. The statement from 21st Century Fox is coming after growing public resentment about O'Reilly's alleged behavior. At the end of the show, she paid him a warm tribute.

"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", he added.

O'Reilly had spearheaded the networks' primetime lineup for over two decades.

"The only reason I am telling this story is because Gretchen came out and took on Fox News", Powers said.

"He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raises the bar for interviewers everywhere", she said, thanking his many loyal viewers. And you, his audience, responded in record numbers, making "The Factor" the number one cable news show for more than 16 years. She said she was told, "You know Bill, there's nothing we can do".

The downfall of Fox's most popular - and most lucrative - personality began with an April 1 report in The New York Times that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about disturbing encounters with O'Reilly, who continued to deny any wrongdoing in a statement hours after he was sacked.

"Afterwards, O'Reilly simply said "let's get out of here". The bad publicity led to an exodus of advertisers from his show, The O'Reilly Factor.

But Fox was mostly silent. O'Reilly's ouster comes nine months after the forced resignation of former chairman Roger Ailes, who several women accused of sexual harassment allegations that he denied.