Tremendously disheartening that we part ways: Bill O'Reilly on his ouster

"Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television".

If the company "genuinely wants to achieve that result, it will resolve without delay the claims of women, like Julie Roginsky, who have been harassed, intimidated, demeaned and discriminated against", her statement reads.

The combative host, who has worked at Fox for 21 years, is now on what he called a "long-planned break" but had originally meant to return to his nightly show on April 24.

Multiple other women have accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment since.

The sexual harassment cases against O'Reilly came to light after The New York Times, on April 1, reported that either 21st Century or the anchor himself had handed up to $13 million as payouts to five women, asking them to not press sexual harassment charges against him or speak about their claims against him. The prime-time star had been off Fox News since April 12 and was due to come back from a vacation on Monday.

"You learn to expect that it's part of your job", she said. Carlson's own entry into Fox News' network took place after another major shakeup.

But many of O'Reilly's fans took to social media to express their unhappiness at losing their hero. It didn't help that the controversy was set in motion by the Times, a publication hated in conservative circles. This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organization bent on destroying O'Reilly for political and financial reasons.

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"You need to write and call Fox News Channel today and tell them, you can lose your advertisers or you can lose your viewers", Beck said on his radio show.

"The O'Reilly Factor" - long the top-rated show on cable TV news - will be replaced at 8 p.m.by Fox News host Tucker Carlson's show.

"Women's voices are finally being heard and I'm elated", she told CNN.

It's also home to ambitions that the O'Reilly crisis may have hindered.

The National Geographic channel has aired a series of adaptations of O'Reilly books, including "Killing Reagan" and "Killing Kennedy". He has also had best-sellers with everything from the memoir "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" to his most recent work, "Old School", which includes passages urging the respectful treatment of women.

His book publishing partner, Henry Holt, said Wednesday that "our plans have not changed".

O'Reilly met the Pope in a VIP line at the Vatican and shook hands with the Catholic leader. Burke, a former Fox News correspondent in Rome, denied having facilitated the tickets. O'Reilly never addressed the Times report on his show, and none of his colleagues at the network defended him publicly.

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