"This was a way of life for them - powerful men with a lot of money who would proposition women, take advantage of them", she said. After a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Mr. O'Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel. It's unclear if they pulled their spots from the cable channel entirely or just shifted them to other Fox News programs.
"And the hairs rose on the back of my neck because I knew the grunting and groaning was going on", Burgess said.
"Fox News' dominance stems from the consistency of its messaging and the loyalty of its broader audience more than the success of star anchors", the analyst says.
"I didn't respond", she recalled. "Cable news is someone standing on a mountain top shouting, and Bill O'Reilly was on the highest peak so he echoed across the landscape". "It's all his fault", she said on "Anderson Cooper 360".
Posters featuring Bill O'Reilly are displayed at the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
"But he didn't look at me when he said it", she said.
O'Reilly will be replaced in his prime-time lineup by Fox host Tucker Carlson.
The real Colbert, who has hosted The Late Show since September 2015, was a little harder on O'Reilly and his hard-lined views.
The two sources also said the contract extended through the next presidential election, meaning it was set to expire either at the end of 2020 or sometime in 2021.
"Corporate culture there obviously has to change. T Rowe Price was listed as one of the ex-O'Reilly sponsors and yet you go the Federal Elections Committee and it reveals they were contributors to a political group called Investment Company Institute Political Action Committee, which, in turn, gave contributions to Hillary Clinton".
Burgess' allegations first came to light on Tuesday in a story published by The Hollywood Reporter, which heavily quoted her lawyer Lisa Bloom. He has also had best-sellers with everything from the memoir "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" to his most recent work, "Old School", which includes passages urging the respectful treatment of women.
And while many of Fox's more devoted viewers will believe O'Reilly's claim that these are "unfounded" allegations, many will also look at their wives, sisters and daughters and think, this wasn't right, and he almost got away with it.
"But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today", he said.