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O'Reilly is out at Fox but influence endures; career too?

O'Reilly is out at Fox but influence endures; career too?

According to an investigation by The New York Times earlier this month, Fox and O'Reilly, paid five women roughly $13 million to settle claims of sexual harassment against the TV veteran.

21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "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". "He's been the linchpin" of the lineup, said Jane Hall, an American University professor and former Fox contributor, who noted that it will take a while to see whether his loyal audience sticks with O'Reilly's replacement.

"21st Century Fox investigates all complaints, and we have asked the law firm Paul, Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters", a 21st Century Fox spokesman said at the time. He's a throwback. He's kind of an Archie Bunker.' And I said, 'Well if you mean he is a Neanderthal, then we're on the same page, he can never do that again.

Opening his show, Colbert called O'Reilly - who was recently fired by Fox - "a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage", adding: "We all saw this coming at us, like an old man cornering an intern in the breakroom".

O'Reilly's exit came nine months after his former boss, Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes, was ousted following sexual harassment claims.

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O'Reilly said he was proud of what he termed "one of the most successful news programs in history", thanked his viewers and wished "only the best" for Fox News, the premier right-wing news outlet.

"We want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect", the Murdochs said in a memo to Fox News staff members. In 2015, "The Factor" brought in some $126 million, Kantar said. The New York Times reported that O'Reilly's behavior factored in to Kelly's exit. In a statement released on Wednesday after his dismissal, he doubled down on his claims that the allegations were unfounded.

But despite rising ratings, dozens of companies yanked their advertising from his show.

O'Reilly had ruled the "no spin zone" on television with a quick smile and an even quicker temper. It's the top-rated show on the No. 1 cable network - one that, according to the investment bank Nomura's estimates, accounts for fully 20 percent of profits at 21st Century Fox.

He pushed a populist, conservative-leaning point of view born from growing up on Long Island and was quick to shout down those who disagreed with him.

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O'Reilly and United States president Donald Trump were 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. "He's a brand on his own, as you can tell from all the best-selling books he's got", he said.

While O'Reilly survived then, the accumulation of cases outlined in the Times damaged him much more extensively.

New York Magazine has an even more comprehensive - and disturbing - list of Trump's treatment of women and girls.

The Wednesday evening broadcast of The O'Reilly Factor noticeably excluded O'Reilly's name from the logo of the show that he hosted for over two decades. "Shame on you. You failed him". "You failed him. You failed Bill O'Reilly". You didn't deserve this great man.

Ailes resigned a year ago following his own sexual harassment allegations.

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