Stephen Colbert Shreds 'Self-Righteous Landfill Of Angry Garbage' Bill O'Reilly

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".

The New York Times reported on April 1 that Fox and O'Reilly paid five women a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims.

Fox said Tucker Carlson would move into O'Reilly's time slot - the second time in three months he's replaced an exiting prime-time personality.

And within Fox, the network's superstar, Megyn Kelly, was joining the battle, though she did so quietly.

Fox News did not respond to a request by Deadline for comment from Deadline on Smith's statement.

Hours after 21st Century Fox announced Bill O'Reilly's ousting from Fox News, former contributor Kirsten Powers recalled complaining about the former anchor's behavior.

"It is the end of an era here at Fox News Channel", Perino said.

For two decades O'Reilly has ruled the "no spin zone" with USA cable news' most popular show, and his ratings had never been higher.

Adweek notes that The O'Reilly Factor was not only the No. 1 cable news show in the first quarter of this year, it delivered the most-watched quarter in cable news history. Conservative personality Glenn Beck - who once lost a job at Fox because a similar campaign choked his program of paying advertisers - came to O'Reilly's defense on his radio show and called on viewers to pressure Fox, to no avail.

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Moscow and Washington had also agreed to continue cooperating to try to find a political solution for Syria, he said. But some senior officials in the Trump administration, including Haley, now say that Assad must go.

A few 21st Century Fox executives outside the news division had said that they wanted a resolution and that O'Reilly would have been fired earlier had he worked in their groups, according to people familiar with the matter.

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 show. Various organizations, including the National Organization for Women, called for O'Reilly's firing, and intermittent protests began outside Fox News's headquarters in NY.

"But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today", he said in a statement.

"Fox knew about these harassment allegations for a long time", according to CNN media analyst Brian Stelter. Even if there's some disruption in ad rates or spots, he said, there's a "massive backstop" in those payments, which are long-term deals.

The audience booed, but Colbert cut them off. O'Reilly was also the co-author of two books that were at the top of the bestseller lists in April. Fox owns 39 percent of European TV giant Sky, and has long wanted to take over the whole company. Its previous effort died in 2011, a casualty of the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers. It's now trying again, although a United Kingdom media regulator must certify that the combined company would be a "fit and proper" owner of the broadcaster.

Late previous year the head of Fox News Roger Ailes was sacked for sexual harassment of female staff. That's why I think it's important to give a lot of credit to [former Fox News anchor] Gretchen Carlson for coming out and really being the person who started this conversation. After the dismissal of Ailes, the company struck two settlements involving sexual harassment complaints against O'Reilly and extended his contract. But Fox said Wednesday that wouldn't happen.

O'Reilly has largely remained quiet in the face of these accusations, though he has rejected them and said he agreed to the settlements only to protect his family.

Stephen Colbert and "Stephen Colbert" took some time Wednesday night to say goodbye to the man they referred to as "Papa Bear": Bill O'Reilly. "Our plans have not changed", a company spokeswoman said in an e-mail Wednesday.

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

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