Bill O'Reilly Out at Fox, Lineup Shaken Up

O'Reilly's ouster was announced by 21st Century Fox in a short statement that read: "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".

When the Murdochs went the other way, O'Reilly prepared a statement with the help of his agents and crisis communications adviser.

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 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".

Off-camera unseen forces raged against him, culminating in Fox News Channel's admission today that O'Reilly is getting the boot.

The network's most popular personality was sacked after a New York Time report earlier this month that said five women had been paid $13 million in settlements after they alleged sexual harassment and mistreatment.

Meanwhile, on vacation in Rome Wednesday, O'Reilly shook Pope Francis' hand.

"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 significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television", O'Reilly said in the statement. "But you have to put some spine back into the Murdoch family and the Fox News Channel board because you are about to lose Bill O'Reilly". With a profit center gone, 21st Century Fox stock fell nearly 1 percent Wednesday in heavy trading.

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O'Reilly may have agreed, but he clearly wasn't happy about it.

Author Stephen King tweeted: "New book by Fox News: Killing Bill O'Reilly".

O'Reilly's pugnacious personality wasn't just an onscreen affectation, with one of the settlements going to a woman who complained about being shouted at in the newsroom. "Certainly they make things better for America".

O'Reilly's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, charged that his client was being subjected to a "brutal campaign of character assassination" and that there is a smear campaign orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O'Reilly for political and financial reasons.

A Fox News spokeswoman said the network's media reporter, Howard Kurtz, would join Bret Baier's "Special Report" program to discuss O'Reilly's departure and that O'Reilly would be covered on "The Five" and "Tucker Carlson Tonight".

His book publishing partner, Henry Holt, said Wednesday that "our plans have not changed".

In addition to hosting "The Factor", O'Reilly has also written a series of historical narratives, including "Killing Jesus" and "Killing Lincoln", that have each sold more than 1 million copies in hardcover. A photographer from the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano snapped a photo of Francis reaching out to shake his hand.

The scandal, which was initially reported by The New York Times, had motivated about 50 companies - including big names such as Mercedes-Benz, Hundai and BMW - to withdraw their advertising from "The O'Reilly Factor", the host's evening programme.

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