Bill O’Reilly Parts Ways with Fox News amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Bill O’Reilly has parted ways with Fox News after more than 20 years with the network.

Century Fox issued a statement on Wednesday obtained by CNN, stating that the network and O’Reilly have agreed that he won’t be returning to the network.

“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,” reads the statement.

The 67-year-old longtime O’Reilly Factor host is leaving the network after sexual harassment allegations from multiple women were brought against him.

In April, The New York Times reported that five women were paid a collective $13 million by O’Reilly and Fox News for agreeing not to file lawsuits or speak publicly about allegations that he harassed them. The settlements — involving women who have either worked with O’Reilly or appeared on his show — took place sporadically between 2002 and 2016.

Addressing the allegations, O’Reilly posted a statement to his website on April 1, emphasizing that his position has made him “vulnerable to lawsuits,” despite the fact that “no one has ever filed a complaint,” about him with the Human Resources Department.

“The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel,” he wrote. “Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me.”

After the settlements were reported, The O’Reilly Factor lost more than half of its advertisers within a week, according to The New York Times.

In a statement to The Times, 21st Century Fox recently said: “Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O’Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O’Reilly. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O’Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility. Mr. O’Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News.”

On April 11, O’Reilly announced that he would be taking a vacation, adding that he scheduled the trip “last fall.” The break came after dozens of advertisers pulled their commercials from The O’Reilly Factor in the wake of the New York Times report.

O’Reilly’s exit comes nearly a year after former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes quit amid Gretchen Carlson‘s sexual harassment lawsuit against him.

O’Reilly has been the host of The O’Reilly Factor since 1996.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/bill-oreilly-parts-ways-with-fox-news-amid-sexual-harassment-allegations/

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