Bill O’Reilly out at Fox af­ter 20 years

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Chan­nel’s par­ent com­pany fired Bill O’Reilly on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions, bring­ing a stun­ning end to ca­ble news’ most popular pro­gram and one that came to de­fine the bravado of his net­work through­out 20 years.

O’Reilly lost his job the same day he was pho­tographed in Rome shak­ing the hand of Pope Fran­cis.

The down­fall of Fox’s most popular — and most lu­cra­tive — per­son­al­ity be­gan with an April 2 re­port in The New York Times that five women were paid a to­tal of $13 mil­lion to keep quiet about un­pleas­ant en­coun­ters with O’Reilly, who de­nies any wrong­do­ing. Dozens of his show’s ad­ver­tis­ers fled within days, even though O’Reilly’s view­er­ship in­creased.

O’Reilly’s exit came nine months af­ter his for­mer boss, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, was ousted fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

Fol­low­ing the Times story, 21st Cen­tury Fox said it asked the same law firm that in­ves­ti­gated Ailes to look into O’Reilly’s be­hav­ior. Com­pany lead­ers Ru­pert Mur­doch and his sons, Lach­lan and James, said in a memo to Fox staff that their de­ci­sion to ax O’Reilly came fol­low­ing an “ex­ten­sive re­view” into the charges.


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