Maxine Waters: 'There's Something Wrong Psychologically' With Bill O'Reilly

  • Maxine Waters: 'There's Something Wrong Psychologically' With Bill O'Reilly

Maxine Waters: 'There's Something Wrong Psychologically' With Bill O'Reilly

Fox News has cut ties to "The O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly, 21st Century Fox confirmed in a statement Wednesday.

O'Reilly said in a statement that "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims".

Bill O'Reilly has been terminated by the Fox News network amidst sexual harassment allegations.

Anchor Dana Perino, filling in for O'Reilly during the 8 p.m. hour temporarily branded "The Factor", called it "the end of an era" and praised O'Reilly as "the undisputed king of cable news".

O'Reilly had rarely been out of the headlines since a New York Times investigation revealed on April 1 that he and Fox paid five women a total of $13 million in cases spanning 15 years, in exchange for silence about his alleged behavior.

A Vatican photograph showed O'Reilly shaking hands with Pope Francis after a general audience on Wednesday, but it was not clear if the Pope knew who the television host was.

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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 continues to deny the claims, although the blow of his departure probably was softened by Fox having to pay out a significant portion of his contract, which was believed to be as high as $25 million annually. His departure is a significant blow to the Fox News lineup, which dominated the prime-time cable news ratings.

O'Reilly, who has been off the air on vacation since April 11, said in a written statement he was proud of the "unprecedented success" at Fox. This decision followed a New York Times story early this month detailing sexual assault lawsuits O'Reilly settled in the past.

Hours after Bill O'Reilly was sacked amid swirling sexual harassment accusations, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee went on the longtime Fox News anchor's old show and made an off-color analogy about not being able to "kiss a woman leaning away from you". Dozens of his show's advertisers fled within days, even though O'Reilly's viewership increased. O'Reilly is no longer listed as a member of the Fox team online, and the former website for The O'Reilly Factor now redirects to a general Fox News page. His No. 1 cable news show made about $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015.

It was a humiliating blow to one of the biggest U.S. 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. Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid m.

Murdoch added in his memo, "Most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect". The company is making "a pretty big statement" to that effect by dropping O'Reilly, said Hall, the American University professor. And I said, well if you mean he's a neanderthal, then we're on the same page.