Fox News Drops Bill O’Reilly ‘After a Thorough and Careful Review of Allegations Against Him’

Nearly 50 advertisers fled amid a slew of scandals

Bill O'Reilly has been let go amid new sexual harassment allegations. Getty
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Fox News Channel has decided to part ways with Bill O’Reilly, the iconic cable news personality and the face of the network since 1996. Rupert Murdoch, 21st Century Fox co-chairman and Fox News executive chairman, along with co-chairmen James and Lachlan Murdoch, signed the following letter with company letterhead:

New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman was the first to publish a report today about O’Reilly’s exit, doing so at 11:20 a.m. ET.

O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News Channel is effective immediately, announced 21st Century Fox this afternoon. The statement said, “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 departure comes following the report that O’Reilly and Fox News paid $13 million to five women who accused the cable news star of harassment. That report resulted in a massive national advertiser boycott and spurred two public protests in the past week outside Fox News headquarters in New York.

The network made a swift move to announce a new weekday prime-time lineup, and the new shows have massive shoes to fill. The O’Reilly Factor has been the No. 1 show on cable news for over 15 consecutive years, and is coming off the most-watched quarter in cable news history.

Beginning Monday, Tucker Carlson Tonight will move from 9 p.m. to 8 p.m.,  The O’Reilly Factor’s longtime slot. Carlson’s program will continue to broadcast live from the network’s Washington D.C. bureau.

The O’Reilly Factor will continue to air for the remainder of the week, with guest hosts Dana Perino tonight and Thursday night, and Greg Gutfeld filling in Friday night.

The Fox News panel program The Five will move from 5 p.m. ET into the coveted 9 p.m. hour. The program will air live and feature Fox News personalities Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Bob Beckel, Greg Gutfeld and Juan Williams, with Jesse Watters taking the place of Eric Bolling.

The aforementioned Bolling will remain in the 5 p.m. hour but is getting his own hour-long program, set to debut on May 1. The name of the program hasn’t been announced.

Special Report with Bret Baier will continue to air at 6 p.m. ET, while The Story with Martha MacCallum will air live at 7 p.m. ET beginning May 1. MacCallum’s program had previously been named The First 100 Days.

Then there’s Sean Hannity, whose program will continue to air at 10 p.m. ET.

This article first appeared on TVNewser. 

@ajkatztv A.J. Katz is the senior editor of Adweek's TVNewser.