Fox News addresses O'Reilly exit on air

"When we look at data, at what programs people report watching, you just don't find people who watch Bill O'Reilly and nothing else on Fox", Cassino said.

Longtime Fox critics don't see it. Fox News has a "culture of harassment that did not start and does not end with Bill O'Reilly", said Rashad Robinson, executive director of the activist group Color of Change, which pressured advertisers to leave his show.

As of Wednesday evening, the network had already removed O'Reilly's name from the show's title.

Last year, Carlson played a significant role in the resignation of former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who was accused of sexually harassing dozens of women during his tenure. Burke, a former Fox News correspondent in Rome, denied having facilitated the tickets.

"And I was told basically, "Well, you know, Bill".

In the midst of backlash over the allegations, O'Reilly left for a few weeks of vacation, which he said had been scheduled for months.

"Afterwards, O'Reilly simply said "let's get out of here". O'Reilly said in a statement, "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". "But I'm not sure how much congratulations they are due after so many years and so many million dollars". He still went ahead and signed a new contract with Fox, however.

It is unclear if the exit agreement between Fox and O'Reilly limits his ability to appear on other networks.

In an internal memo obtained by Business Insider, News Corp.

Even though at least one of the harassment cases against O'Reilly dated back more than a decade and was widely reported then, the accumulation of cases outlined in the Times damaged him much more extensively.

The channels that are trying to challenge Fox, like Newsmax, have much smaller profiles and are harder to find on the dial. 21st Century Fox said after Walsh had called the hotline that it was opening an investigation into O'Reilly's conduct.

It was a humiliating blow to one of the biggest USA media names, a veteran broadcaster at Fox News for two decades who counted President Donald Trump among his personal supporters and whose ratings soared in defiance of his alleged abusive behavior towards women.

Newsmax TV, Glenn Beck's The Blaze and Sinclair Broadcasting have also been mentioned as possible suitors for O'Reilly.

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. I think he's still a hot commodity".

O'Reilly's fans aren't likely to be happy about him losing his job, particularly on a controversy set in motion by the Times. The books in his "Killing" historical series, including "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Reagan", have consistently sold 1 million or more copies in hardcover, a rare achievement in publishing, and his platform on Fox enabled him to promote his work.

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