21st Century Fox has decided to part ways with Bill O’Reilly, the iconic cable news personality and the face of Fox News Channel since 1996.
21st Century Fox co-chairman & Fox News executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, along with 21st Century Fox co-Chairmen James and Lachlan Murdoch co-signed the following letter to staffers this afternoon in which they concluded, “the decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.”
O’Reilly’s departure comes following the report that O’Reilly and Fox News paid $13 million to 5 women who accused the star of harassment. That resulted in a massive advertiser boycott and spurred two public protests in the past week outside Fox News headquarters.
Fox News quickly moved to announce a new prime time lineup. The Factor, as Fox News called it, removing O’Reilly’s name, will continue for the remainder of this week with Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld filling in. Beginning Monday, Tucker Carlson Tonight moves into the 8 p.m. timeslot and The Five moves to 9 p.m.
• 5 PM/ET – a one hour program hosted by Eric Bolling to debut on May 1st. For the week of April 24th-28th, Special Report with Bret Baier will fill the 5-7PM timeslot.
• 7 PM/ET – The Story with Martha MacCallum debuts on Monday, May 1st. MacCallum continues anchoring The First 100 Days through April 28th.
• 8 PM/ET – Tucker Carlson Tonight
• 9 PM/ET– The Five with co-hosts; Kimberly Guilfoyle, Perino, Bob Beckel, Gutfeld, Juan Williams, and taking Bolling’s spot on The Five, Jesse Watters.
• 10 PM/ET – Hannity