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Bill O'Reilly Talks Sexual Harassment Allegations on Today, Says "My Conscience Is Clear"

Bill O'Reilly Talks Sexual Harassment Allegations on Today, Says
Today host Matt Lauer sat down with Bill O'Reilly this morning to talk about O'Reilly's sexual harassment allegations. O'Reilly, the former host of the Fox News show The O'Reilly Factor, was fired from the network in April. During the interview, Lauer asked O'Reilly what reasoning he or his representatives were given for the termination. "There was no reason," O'Reilly said. "They had a contractual clause that they could pay me a certain amount of money and not put me on air, and they exercised that clause." When asked why the company decided to exercise that clause, O'Reilly said a "sponsored boycott" set up by "the radical left group" Media...
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Bill O'Reilly Unrepentant: His Fox News Firing, Trump's Missteps and a Possible TV Return

Bill O'Reilly has scores to settle — with his accusers, the media and the "far-left precincts" that have "viciously attacked" and plotted to "destroy" him. But on this September afternoon, the former king of conservative cable — host for 20 years of Fox News' top-rated The O'Reilly Factor — is trying his best to play nice. He (gently) chides President Trump for his comments about some neo-Nazis being "very fine people" before coming to his old friend's defense ("He acts and he speaks emotionally, Ok?"). He compliments Megyn Kelly's interview with Vladimir Putin ("She asked the right questions"), albeit...
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TV Ratings: Tucker Carlson Tops in First Night at 8 O'Clock

A night of big shifts in cable's typical lineup brought a win Monday for Fox News Channel, which topped primetime among both adults 25-54 and total viewers. Most importantly, Tucker Carlson shifted into ousted Bill O'Reilly's 8 o'clock hour as the night's dominant telecast.

The first official night without The O'Reilly Factor saw the 8 p.m. telecast of Tucker Carlson Tonight average 3.2 million viewers and 636,000 adults 25-54, per early returns from Nielsen Media. Though it will be some time before there's a sense of how Carlson's numbers compare to O'Reilly's, he at least successfully kept the hour as...
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Bill O'Reilly Breaks Silence About His Exit From Fox News: "I Was Very Surprised How It All Turned Out"

Bill O'Reilly Breaks Silence About His Exit From Fox News:
Bill O'Reilly is back on the airwaves, just not his usual ones.  The former Fox News host released a free edition of his new podcast, No Spin News, on his self-titled website Monday and took to the show with a brief message to his followers.  "I am sad that I'm not on television anymore," he began. As is common knowledge by now, the network announced last Wednesday that the 67-year-old political commentator would not return to his post on The O'Reilly Factor after a New York Times report publicized sexual harassment allegations against the anchor.  "After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed...
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The O'Reilly Factor: Should Bill O'Reilly Have Been Fired from Fox News?

Yesterday, Fox News Channel lost their biggest star, Bill O'Reilly, and cancelled one of the top-rated TV shows on cable, The O'Reilly Factor. Back in March 2015, it was reported that the series had spent 60 consecutive quarters as number one in the 25-54 demographic.O'Reilly's firing came less than three weeks after The New York Times reported that O'Reilly and Fox had over the course of the past 15 years, paid out nearly $13 million to settle five cases of sexual and other harassment against the host. Following the news, as many as 90 advertisers pulled their commercials from The O'Reilly Factor. It's unclear if they pulled their spots from the cable channel entirely or just shifted them to other Fox News programs.Read More…
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NY Daily News Mocks Bill O'Reilly With "No Job Zone" Front Page

The downfall of Bill O'Reilly has proved a boon to some of his harshest critics, chief among them the New York Daily News, which splashed their Thursday front page with a picture of the ousted Fox News star with the headline "No Job Zone," a mocking reference to The O'Reilly Factor's "No Spin Zone" segment. 

After much speculation, Fox News confirmed today that O'Reilly, currently on vacation, would not be returning to the network. O'Reilly's demise at Fox News came after an investigation was initiated after a New York Times story reported on claims that several women were paid $13 million...
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The O'Reilly Factor: Cancelled; Tucker Carlson Tonight to Replace Fox News Series

As expected, The O'Reilly Factor TV show on Fox News has been cancelled. 21st Century Fox, the parent-company of Fox News, held a board meeting today to discuss how to handle Bill O'Reilly, host of the political talk show. The meeting was scheduled after recent reports that he and the company allegedly gave financial settlements to women who accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.O'Reilly, who has been on "vacation" from the show, was originally expected to return next week. Yesterday, CNN reported there was a difference of opinion etween Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan regarding the company's response. Reportedly, James wanted O'Reilly gone, and Lachlan was leaning in that direction.Update: Fox News has announced Tucker Carlson Tonight will take The Factor's 8:00pm timeslot. The new series premieres Monday, April 24th.Read More…
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Bill O'Reilly Out at Fox News After Sexual Harassment Claims

Bill O'Reilly Out at Fox News After Sexual Harassment Claims
Bill O'Reilly will no longer appear on the Fox News Channel.

In a statement on Wednesday, 21st Century Fox announced that the 67-year-old political commentator will not be returning to the channel, after multiple settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him were recently disclosed. O'Reilly has denied the allegations against him.

"After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel," the statement reads.

News: Alec Baldwin Lampoons Bill O'Reilly and Donald Trump at the Same Time on 'SNL'

O'Reilly has been off the air since April 12, and was originally scheduled to return to his highly rated show, The O'Reilly Factor, on Monday, after what he said was a pre-planned vacation. The longtime anchor has been under fire recently, following a New York Times report earlier this month that he and the company reached settlements with five
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Cable News, Hollywood Reacts to Bill O'Reilly's Fox Exit

Weeks after a New York Times exposé revealed that Bill O'Reilly had paid out millions of dollars in settlements to women who accused him of sexual harassment, the host is parting ways with Fox News, parent company 21st Century Fox confirmed on Wednesday.

"After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel," a statement read.

The O'Reilly Factor host's exit comes one year after former Fox News chief Roger Ailes stepped down amid sexual harassment claims. O'Reilly has been with the...
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Bill O’Reilly Out At Fox News Channel, Ending 21-Year Run

Bill O’Reilly Out At Fox News Channel, Ending 21-Year Run
Fox News Channel parent 21st Century Fox has decided to cut ties with the network’s biggest star, ending Bill O'Reilly's 21-year run at the country’s most watched cable news network. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement. It did not elaborate. The outlet’s decision to remove the host of its flagship program The O'Reily Factor
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Fox News "Preparing" to Axe O'Reilly, Murdoch's Wall Street Journal Reports

Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal reports that as the storm of sexual harassment allegations continues to swirl around Bill O'Reilly, Fox News is preparing to end its decades-long relationship with the host of The O'Reilly Factor.

The conservative political pundit has been under fire since a scathing New York Times article detailed over $13 million in legal settlements paid out by O’Reilly and the network to female staffers who raised sexual harassment and verbal abuse allegations against him.

In the wake of that news, O’Reilly’s nightly program lost a slew of blue-chip advertisers and there have been calls for his resignation or firing...
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Fox News Contributor Comes to Bill O'Reilly's Defense: "It's Like a Dog Pile"

A female Fox News contributor is defending star host Bill O'Reilly from mounting accusations that he harassed multiple women at the top-rated cable news network.

"When you're on The O'Reilly Factor, you're in and you're out. When I was with him, I'd be going over my notes, and he'd be going over his, and there's nothing inappropriate," Deneen Borelli told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview Tuesday. "The one time he commented on me personally, he admired a cross I was wearing, saying he bought one for his daughter that was very similar to mine," added Borelli. 

The latest accusation against...
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New Bill O'Reilly Accuser Says He Called Her "Hot Chocolate" and Leered

Bill O'Reilly used to leer at an African-American Fox News clerical worker and called her "hot chocolate," according to attorney Lisa Bloom, who helped the woman report the harassment to the network's hotline.

The woman worked for a different broadcaster in 2008 while this was going on, but The O'Reilly Factor host's office was near her desk, the attorney claims. 

"He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar," Bloom tells The Hollywood Reporter. "He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared."

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Women's Rights Group to Fly Aerial Banner During Bill O'Reilly Protest

Ultraviolet, a women's rights group leading the charge against Fox News' Bill O'Reilly amid his sexual harassment controversy, is planning a protest for Tuesday in order to demand that he be fired from the network. 

In the past few weeks since The New York Times reported that O'Reilly and Fox News have allegedly paid $13 million to women who claimed that he sexually harassed or verbally abused them, several groups have boycotted and called for advertisers to drop The O'Reilly Factor

Ultraviolet has called for a boycott, and later published an open letter to 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch to...
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Bill O’Reilly’s TV Ratings Jump As Advertisers Bail In Wake Of Harassment Settlements Report

Bill O’Reilly’s weekly audience jumped 12% in total viewers and in the news demo with word that he and Fox News had settled, for a total of about $13M, multiple harassment claims women had made against him over more than a decade. The O'Reilly Factor averaged 3.71M viewers and 652K news-demo viewers for the week, by the end of which upward of 70 companies had asked that their ads be removed from the program. O’Reilly’s program was the week’s highest ranked among all cable…
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Watch John Oliver Blast Trump for Defending Bill O'Reilly

Watch John Oliver Blast Trump for Defending Bill O'Reilly
On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver slammed President Donald Trump for defending Bill O'Reilly amid the Fox News host's sexual harassment scandal.

Over the past 15 years, O'Reilly has paid almost $13 million in settlements to five women who either worked for or appeared on his popular Fox News show, The O'Reilly Factor. The host engaged in "verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted comments" and "phone calls in which it sounded as if [he] was masturbating," The New York Times recently reported.

Despite O'Reilly's settlements, the network stood by their employee, claiming that
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See Alec Baldwin Play Bill O'Reilly, Donald Trump in Same 'SNL' Sketch

Alec Baldwin portrayed both Bill O'Reilly and Donald Trump in a Saturday Night Live sketch about the Fox News host's sexual harassment accusations and shrinking sponsorship.

"The scandal that everyone's been talking about all week, a scandal no one thought I'd have the guts to address head on, about the shocking allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of power… that have been levied against the Obama administration," Baldwin's host said at the top of the O'Reilly Factor sketch, sidestepping the controversy.

After a commercial break – "As you know, 60 of our
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Louis C.K. on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See

Louis C.K. on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See
Given the state of the world in 2017, it's almost unbelievable that this week marked only the seventh episode of Saturday Night Live this calendar year. Whatever momentum and ratings that it has gathered in that time, it's still constantly playing catch-up with its schedule as is. As popular as it's been (and ratings suggest it's insanely popular right now), it's still been hamstrung by the paucity of new episodes. That makes every one that it does that much more important.

Louis C.K.'s fourth episode was in line with his
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Alec Baldwin Lampoons Bill O'Reilly and Donald Trump at the Same Time on 'Saturday Night Live'

Alec Baldwin Lampoons Bill O'Reilly and Donald Trump at the Same Time on 'Saturday Night Live'
After months of mocking President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin turned his acerbic sights on Bill O'Reilly over the weekend, while pulling double duty as Trump in the same sketch.

The Fox News anchor has been in hot water recently over sexual harassment allegations which lead to a number of advertisers cutting ties with The O'Reilly Factor. Baldwin as O'Reilly addressed the claims, and had on one of his most vocal supporters: Donald Trump (also played by Baldwin).

The hilarious lampooning was made possible by pre-taping Trump's half of the conversation and allowing O'Reilly to work off of it, but it brought a fresh life to Baldwin's celebrated involvement in season 42.

Watch: Louis C.K. Wants to Keep Things Low-Key in His 'Saturday Night Live'

O'Reilly thanked Trump for supporting him when it comes to the sexual misconduct claims, although Trump admitted that he didn't actually know much about the case.

"I'm more familiar
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TV Ratings: Maddow Tops O'Reilly on Wednesday as Scandal Coverage Continues

As the likelihood of Bill O'Reilly addressing his current scandal on-air appears to dwindle, so did his Wednesday showing in the key news demo.

The O'Reilly Factor lost its No. 1 status in the demo for the night — which featured his third original telecast since The New York Times broke the news that he and Fox News Channel have settled multiple sexual harassment claims levied against the top-rated host — to MSNBC's resurgent The Rachel Maddow Show. Maddow, fresh off of key wins in March, outperformed O'Reilly by 8 percent on Wednesday night. She averaged 607,000 adults...
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