Bill O’Reilly out at Fox News amid sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - WEATHER -

Fox News Chan­nel’s par­ent com­pany, 21st Cen­tury Fox, fired Bill O’Reilly on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions, bring­ing a stun­ning end to ca­ble tele­vi­sion news’ most pop­u­lar pro­gram and one that came to de­fine the bravado of his net­work over 20 years.

O’Reilly lost his job on 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 had been paid a to­tal of $13 mil­lion to keep quiet about un­pleas­ant en­coun­ters with O’Reilly, who has de­nied 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 af­ter al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

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