Bill O'Reilly officially dumped by Fox News

Fox ends ties with top-rated host Bill O'Reilly

Fox ends ties with top-rated host Bill O'Reilly

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, ousted from the network in the wake of a sexual-harassment scandal, said in a statement on Wednesday it was "disheartening" that "completely unfounded claims" had forced him out of his job.

This update comes only a week after O'Reilly announced he would be going on "vacation."

One of the most controversial and outspoken news presenters in the United States, Bill O'Reilly, has been axed by Fox News over allegations of sexual harassment. "But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today", O'Reilly said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

O'Reilly has written more than two dozen books, according to his official website.

O'Reilly's departure will not have any effect on Twenty-First Century Fox's overall profitability, said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research.

The Times article prompted protests and an advertiser boycott, which led to Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, reviewing the allegations against O'Reilly and severing ties.

It "follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel", said Murdoch.

His 8 p.m. time slot has gone to Tucker Carlson.

"You better stand up now and figure out what's really happening with this O'Reilly thing or you're gonna lose Fox News", Beck told viewers of the channel during Wednesday's episode of The Glenn Beck Radio Program.

As the accusations piled up, more than 50 major advertisers pulled out of his show even though viewership soared.

The National Geographic channel says it has made no decision about its development of Bill O'Reilly's book "Killing Patton" following O'Reilly's exit from Fox News.

In 2004, he settled a $9 million lawsuit with former Fox News producer Andrea Mackris, who accused him of talking about his sexual fantasies and masturbation. That's why I think it's important to give a lot of credit to [former Fox News anchor] Gretchen Carlson for coming out and really being the person who started this conversation.

Both Fox and O'Reilly confirmed O'Reilly's departure from the network earlier Wednesday.

The statement expressed "full confidence that the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news", adding: "Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect".

"Imagine facing your fears, standing up to an abuser, speaking out about sexual harassment", Bloom wrote on Twitter. Fox News had no choice but to fire O'Reilly.

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