Dana Perino, who has been filling in for O'Reilly since he announced an extended break earlier this month, announced that he was no longer with the network. Tell us how you feel below!
His ouster came after reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. O'Reilly has maintained his innocence.
Besides principles of right and wrong, which are not always paramount in business, there was Fox News' brand image to consider.
In a statement Wednesday, the channel confirmed that the TV adaptation is in early development for 2019. The channel said it was focusing on presenting its 2018 programming to advertisers and wasn't making decisions beyond that for now.
"This decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel", the memo said.
21st Century Fox on Wednesday said primetime host Bill O'Reilly wouldn't return to Fox News, ending weeks of speculation about his future at the outlet. He thanked his viewers and noted the success Fox had achieved. They drew sharp contrasts between O'Reilly and his fellow primetime hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, who they described as being friendly in person despite being polarizing on camera. "The Five", an ensemble political round table, will shift to 9 p.m. from the afternoon. Next week, "Special Report with Bret Baier" will fill the 5-to-7-p.m. timeslot. In the first quarter of this year, the network averaged 2.7 million viewers between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, double the viewership of second-place MSNBC.
O'Reilly is now on vacation from his show. He was scheduled to return Monday.
He had initially planned to return to his The O'Reilly Factor show on April 24, but as outrage mounted and new allegations of inappropriate behaviour surfaced, it became clear the company could no longer afford to back the star who helped bring Fox News to prominence almost 20 years ago. His trip came as Fox News Channel's parent company 21st Century Fox is investigating sexual harassment allegations against him. Dozens of advertisers pulled out of "The O'Reilly Factor".
On Tuesday, a lawyer for O'Reilly denied the sexual harassment claims against him, saying O'Reilly has been "subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America".
Bill, who has been on vacation in Italy for the past week, sat in a V.I.P. section and shook hands with The Pope, according to The New York Times.