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How Fox News broke the Bill O'Reilly story to its viewers

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Long-time Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly has been dumped by the network amid new revelations about lawsuits and cash settlements involving allegations of sexual harassment of women by O'Reilly.

"Fox News and the Murdochs only listen when they hear the sound of money rushing out the door", said Robinson in a press release.

Perino returned to the subject at the very end of the show. O'Reilly, who was photographed on Wednesday shaking hands with Pope Francis in Rome, has denied any wrongdoing. He and the network ultimately paid $13 million to settle with five women over the course of several years, according to an investigation by The New York Times published earlier this month.

"In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline", he added.

Popular Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly was sacked from his prime-time TV position yesterday, just hours after shaking hands with Pope Francis.

According to ad-tracking firm Kantar Media, it brought in $147.13 million in advertising revenue in 2016. The only way to know for sure is to be on the inside; from an outside point of view, the appearance is deeply troubling. O'Reilly never addressed the Times report on his show, and none of his colleagues at the network defended him publicly. Francis said in February: 'A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian'.

Bill O'Reilly's primetime news and talk show guaranteed a good dose of strong outspoken conservative politics, mixed in with a fair bit of "I told you so" from the host, occasionally a visit from candidate Donald Trump and more recently President Trump. Now, with news that 21st Century Fox has bowed to public pressure and fired the longtime host, many are calling it the "end of an era" for CEO Rupert Murdoch.

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O'Reilly, denied a chance to say goodbye to his Fox viewers, did so via a statement.

Days later O'Reilly hit back on his Fox TV show. Shares in Twenty-First Century Fox were down less than 1 per cent at $30.50 in Wednesday afternoon trading.

He also gave a special blessing to English-speaking pilgrims, saying: 'I invoke upon you and your families the loving mercy of God our Father'.

Elsewhere in the media, though, the revelation was a big topic among journalists and media executives, with many wondering if O'Reilly - long seen as invincible for his ability to weather previous controversies - might actually lose his job. 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.

"I think for numerous corporations, it becomes very hard for them to defend that".

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

"Hello, Nation, and shame on you. You didn't deserve this great man", Colbert said, channeling his Comedy Central character. Suddenly sexual harassment's a crime?

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