Tremendously disheartening that we part ways: Bill O'Reilly on his ouster

In a protest Tuesday outside the Fox news headquarters in Manhattan, survivors of sexual assault and harassment, as well as members of the women's advocacy group UltraViolet, called for O'Reilly's dismissal. O'Reilly has lost his job at Fo.

O'Reilly may have agreed, but he clearly wasn't happy about it. Finally, Bill was let go from Fox on April 19. "The Five" will jump from 5 to 9 p.m.

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OANN, for example, is available in about 35 million households in the US, while Fox News is available in nearly 100 million.

Despite the scandal, O'Reilly continued to attract viewers. The network's parent company, 21st Century Fox, announced the move in a statement Wednesday.

Even before the latest sexual harassment charges ended his career at Fox News, Bill O'Reilly had always been a magnet for squabbles and distractions. In January, he filled in Megyn Kelly's spot who described her departure from the network for NBC as a "tough decision".

The statement expressed "full confidence that the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news", adding: "Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect".

That certainly could happen, though it probably won't be easy. Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky made those claims in a lawsuit she filed earlier this month.

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.

A source close to O'Reilly said the broadcaster has not given much thought to his Fox-less future yet. Shares in Twenty-First Century Fox were down less than 1 per cent at $30.50 in Wednesday afternoon trading. Without advertisers, Bill O'Reilly's show was no longer commercially viable.

"Tucker Carlson Tonight" will take over O'Reilly's 8 p.m. time slot.

Mr O'Reilly has been off the air since last Wednesday, part of what was billed as a planned vacation around the Easter holiday. The only way to know for sure is to be on the inside; from an outside point of view, the appearance is deeply troubling.

Anyway, the encounter now seems pretty awkward, as it came just hours before 21st Century Fox announced that Bill O'Reilly had been forced out of his position after advertisers pulled out of his highly-rated program, following assault accusations. Fox News media analyst and host of Fox News' MediaBuzz Howard Kurtz is here with details.

It referred to O'Reilly's series of best-selling books on the deaths of major historical figures. Advertisers may have been reluctant to return if there were continuing harassment complaints.

In addition, two more women surfaced with new charges against O'Reilly.

It's also home to ambitions that the O'Reilly crisis may have hindered.

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