Fox ends ties with top-rated host Bill O'Reilly

Carlson's tweet came a couple hours after 21st Century Fox announced that Bill O'Reilly would not be returning to Fox News amid accusations of sexual harassment and buy-outs to prevent accusers from speaking out.

Fox News announced Wednesday in a statement that the now-former "O'Reilly Factor" host would not be returning from vacation in the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations coming to light.

Despite the scandal, O'Reilly continued to attract viewers.

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has parted ways with star cable news host Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, the company said on Wednesday. More than 50 advertisers withdrew from his prime-time show, and 21st Century Fox asked a law firm to investigate a complaint from a woman who said O'Reilly dropped efforts to make her a contributor in 2013 after she turned down his invitation to visit his hotel room.

Indeed, 21st Century Fox recently extended O'Reilly's contract for about $18 million a year.

For American conservatives who reject the RINO establishment, O'Reilly will not be missed.

O'Reilly said he was proud of what he termed "one of the most successful news programs in history", thanked his viewers and wished "only the best" for Fox News, the premier right-wing news outlet.

"Now, Bill and I did not see eye-to-eye on anything", Colbert said.

But apparently, Fox News has to make this hard decision because advertisers are leaving. Tucker Carlson is set to permanently take over the 8 p.m. time slot.

Mahoning Republican Chairman Mark Munroe said O'Reilly "will be missed".

His show generated $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015, according to Kantar Media.

The New York Times reported April 2 that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about the unpleasant encounters with O'Reilly, who has denied any wrongdoing.

But after The New York Times report, advertisers including BMW of North America, Allstate Corp, French pharmaceuticals maker Sanofi SA and T Rowe Price, pulled their advertising from O'Reilly's primetime show.

As far as O'Reilly's future beyond Fox News, Earnheardt said he expects his voice will still be heard, "on the radio, probably through some syndication, and through his books".

"Here at The Daily Show, we want to give O'Reilly the sendoff that he deserves", he said.

For the remainder of this week, "The O'Reilly Factor" will continue with guest hosts Dana Perino on Wednesday and Thursday night and Greg Gutfeld on Friday night.

Smith also called for Fox to release all employees from the mandatory arbitration and confidentiality clauses "that for so many years have silenced women and kept the harassers, enablers and retaliators in place". Fox News has demonstrated again and again the strength of its talent bench.

But Fox was mostly silent.

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