Fox News dumps Bill O'Reilly over harassment claims

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Bill O'Reilly, 67, had a pretty interesting day today, April 19, if you ask us.

O'Reilly's departure was a stunning reversal for a company that had long stood by him and considered him the network's top asset. "The O'Reilly Factor" has generated a huge ad bonanza for Fox, one that yielded more than $178 million in 2015.

Bill O'Reilly may be officially leaving Fox News, but he is not departing the network quietly after many allegations against him.

His abrupt dismissal ends O'Reilly's 21-years at the helm of The O'Reilly Factor, which began as The O'Reilly Report when the fledgling network began in 1996. The larger issue here is more of the he said, she said that is going on regarding whether or not O'Reilly is guilty of anything.

All probably contributed to O'Reilly's exit. "There's more to come", one Fox News insider told me, suggesting that there are more women with stories of harassment who have not come forward publicly. O'Reilly has maintained his innocence. "I wish only the best for Fox News Channel".

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In a statement Wednesday, the channel confirmed that the TV adaptation is in early development for 2019. The program was later rebranded The O'Reilly Factor in 1998.

The National Geographic channel has aired a series of adaptations of O'Reilly books, including "Killing Reagan" and "Killing Kennedy". Fox News has demonstrated again and again the strength of its talent bench.

21st Century Fox on Wednesday said primetime host Bill O'Reilly wouldn't return to Fox News, ending weeks of speculation about his future at the outlet.

Media giant 21st Century Fox on Wednesday announced the ouster of Fox News television host Bill O'Reilly amid accusations of sexual harassment presented against him.

In a statement to the Times, O'Reilly said he was "vulnerable to lawsuits" due to his prominence, and had "put to rest any controversies to spare my children". He thanked his viewers and noted the success Fox had achieved.

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"The Five", the popular panel show, moves to 9 p.m. starting next week.

Eric Bolling, a Rollins College alum, graduates from "The Five" to his own one-hour show at 5 p.m. weekdays.

At 7 p.m. EDT, Martha MacCullum remains in place.

Tucker Carlson will take over O'Reilly's 8 p.m.

O'Reilly was set to return to the show this coming Monday, following an already scheduled vacation.

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O'Reilly, who recently signed a multiyear contract worth over $20million a year, was halfway around the world at the time, having spent the morning meeting Pope Francis in Vatican City.

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