Stephen Colbert brought back his Colbert Report alter ego to say farewell to Bill O'Reilly, who was forced out at Fox News on Wednesday, April 19, after numerous sexual assault allegations surfaced in recent weeks.
O'Reilly's exit, which was first reported by NY magazine, follows that of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who was forced to resign in July after being accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women, including former anchor Gretchen Carlson.
So I went to his executive producer and, I said he needs to apologize and he needs to never do that again, or I'm not doing his show anymore.
"I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers".
Fox News addressed the departure of Bill O'Reilly Wednesday night, as the show that used to bear his name debuted as simply "The Factor".
Since the article drew a large readership, more than 50 advertiserscut ties with O'Reilly's "The Factor", according to The New York Times. FILE - In this October 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in NY. Yesterday, an African American woman who worked as a clerical worker in 2008 at Fox News, claimed O'Reilly engaged in a pattern of harassment that lasted for months including making animal noises at her, staring at her cleavage and calling her "hot chocolate".
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He will be replaced in the coveted 8 p.m. ET time slot by Tucker Carlson, NPR reported.
Up to four million viewers watched "The O'Reilly Factor" each evening, making it the most-watched cable TV program in 2016 and generating $446 million in ad revenues for Fox between 2014 and a year ago, according to a study carried out by Kantar Media. O'Reilly's ratings overshadow Carlson's, and his show's viewership fell this week while he was on vacation and other Fox hosts subbed in.
In a memo to Fox staff, the Murdochs said the decision followed an extensive review done in collaboration with an outside counsel. "That's bigger than O'Reilly", he said.
Trevor Noah opened Wednesday's The Daily Show noting Serena Williams is expecting a baby, and reminding viewers, "you know what they say: For every awesome black baby that comes into the world, one old white man has to leave".
The contributor, Jehmu Greene, said she called Paul, Weiss on Wednesday to report inappropriate behavior by O'Reilly. The memo was signed by Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch, the company's top executives.
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".