Fox News Shuffles Primetime Lineup After O'Reilly Ouster

  • Fox News Shuffles Primetime Lineup After O'Reilly Ouster

Fox News Shuffles Primetime Lineup After O'Reilly Ouster

Fox News is parting ways with Bill O'Reilly, who for years stood as one of cable news' most popular hosts. "But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today", said the O'Reilly Factor host.

O'Reilly himself earned about $18 million a year from Fox News, but his show generated almost $450 million in advertising revenue for the company between 2014 and 2016, according to estimates from the market-research firm Kantar Media.

A few 21st Century Fox executives outside the news division had said that they wanted a resolution and that O'Reilly would have been fired earlier had he worked in their groups, according to people familiar with the matter.

Stephen Colbert brought back his Colbert Report alter ego to say farewell to Bill O'Reilly, who was forced out at Fox News on Wednesday, April 19, after numerous sexual assault allegations surfaced in recent weeks.

O'Reilly was on vacation in Rome Wednesday when the announcement was made.

The claims against O'Reilly, 67, added fuel to a crisis that began last summer when former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against the network's former executive, Roger Ailes, whom she alleged damaged her career after she spurned his sexual advances.

Ailes, 76, launched the network in 1996 and oversaw its development into a high-ratings TV network and an effective PR platform for Republican politics.

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.

O'Reilly has steadfastly denied allegations of sexual impropriety as recently as this week when his attorney, Marc Kasowitz said, "there is obviously an orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O'Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity-driven donations". O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that fi.

In the last couple of days Dr Walsh says several more women have reached out to her saying they were also victims of O'Reilly's "attentions". "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". Eric Bolling, a regular presence on The Five, will take the 5 p.m. slot.

The move to dethrone O'Reilly, once unimaginable, crystallized over the past week, as advertisers continued to flee his show, more women came forward, and, perhaps most important, Fox News management came to realize that there was no way to stem the possibility that more accusers might surface, anonymously or not, and that O'Reilly would be a liability for the company as long as he stayed on at the network. His No. 1 cable news show made about $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015.

"We want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect", the memo concluded.

O'Reilly and President Donald Trump are both "crowd-pleasing showmen who know how to signal to loyalists in their audience that they are not taking themselves quite as seriously as their detractors are", said news consultant Andrew Tyndall.

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

"I understand how hard this has been for many of you", Rupert Murdoch said in the memo.

New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal reported O'Reilly's forthcoming demise, but the final decision still came as something of a shock.

Fox might also have found it financially risky let O'Reilly remain.