The O’Reilly Factor is the top show on cable news and has dominated the prime time slot for over 15 years. He helped make Fox News what it is today. The show is a mix of news and political commentary from the show’s host Bill O’Reilly.
Fox News confirmed Wednesday that the show will be coming to its end, in the mist of settlements due to a sexual harassment allegation against the host. The agreements from the settlements totaled $13 million, as the company stood behind him during this controversy.
21st Century Fox is the parent company of Fox News; earlier today they released the statement that led to his firing, “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.”
More than 50 advertisers had left his show, and outside women’s rights groups worked to get him off the air by putting increased pressure on the network.
This is the second case of a Fox Representative being accused and then being forced out due to sexual harassment claims. Roger E. Ailes the chairman of Fox News was a part of a sexual misconduct scandal last year. O’Reilly has dismissed all of the cases against him:
“Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and much contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television. It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.”
According to O’Reilly’s attorney Marc Kasowitz, this is a “smear campaign” against the star anchor by far-left advocacy groups. He promises “irrefutable evidence” that this campaign exists.
O’Reilly’s shows time slot will be succeeded by Tucker Carlson, who moved to his current prime time show in January called, “Carlson”. He was before one of the co-hosts of “The Five”. Around the same time the Network lost another star Megyn Kelly.
The only remaining long-term recognizable face in Fox’s lineup is Hannity, who’s been at Fox since 1996.
This was a quick, abrupt and embarrassing downfall to O’Reilly’s two-decade reign as the most popular show on cable news. Despite that O’Reilly’s legacy will be looked at differently depending on what side of the political spectrum. Being as well-known as he is, there is going to be underserved hate.