O'Reilly Still Denies Harassment Allegations After Fox News Ouster

O'Reilly Still Denies Harassment Allegations After Fox News Ouster

NY magazine reported Wednesday that executives were preparing to announce O'Reilly's departure before his return from Italy and were holding emergency meetings to discuss how to sever the relationship without damaging the network. Now, yet another woman has come forward.

According to her bio, Heldman is an associate professor of politics who specializes in the presidency, media, gender and race.

In the midst of backlash over the allegations, O'Reilly left for a few weeks of vacation, which he said had been scheduled for months.

While O'Reilly hasn't responded publicly to the latest allegation, he has said generally that the allegations against him are completely "unfounded".

Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations.

O'Reilly's attorney claimed on Tuesday that his client - a long-time conservative media icon - had been the target of a "smear campaign" financed by leftwing activist organisations.

That evidence will be put forth shortly and is irrefutable.

USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers said that she complained of inappropriate comments made by Bill O'Reilly, but was told by then-Fox News chief Roger Ailes that there was nothing he could do about it because O'Reilly made too much money for the network. The new Fox News primetime lineup will feature Tucker Carlson Tonight in O'Reilly's former time slot at 8 p.m., CNN reported.

In April 2017, The New York Times uncovered three additional settlements totaling $13 million by Fox regarding O'Reilly and sexual harassment: Fox hosts Rebecca Diamond in 2011 and Laurie Dhue in 2016 and junior producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein in 2002. Dozens of his show's advertisers fled within days, even though O'Reilly's viewership increased.

Ailes has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Investors seemed to take the news in stride.

In addition to hosting "The Factor", O'Reilly has also written a series of historical narratives, including "Killing Jesus" and "Killing Lincoln", that have each sold more than 1 million copies in hardcover. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox were down less than 1 percent at $30.50 in Wednesday afternoon trading.

Some commentators pointed to a generational shift between the 86-year-old Murdoch and his adult sons James and Lachlan, who are taking on an increasingly powerful role.

"They could literally go dark during the time his program airs and they would still be profitable", Mr Wieser said.
Once again, the Murdochs have made the company's board irrelevant, having forced the situation and made it known beforehand.

She told the Times that after she won a beat against O'Reilly and her promised to treat her to dinner, the host said that while she might want to "break his bank" on her meal choice he was more interested in breaking her back. "The cultural issue is a big issue".