Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, the “King of Cable News,” has been forced out of his prime-time show, “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement, “the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”
O’Reilly began his career at Fox News in 1996, and for the past 15 consecutive years, “The O’Reilly Factor” has been the most-watched cable news show in the United States.
The departure comes just weeks after the New York Times published its findings from an investigation into sexual-harassment allegations made against the Fox News host. The newspaper found that O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox settled a lawsuit with five of O’Reilly’s accusers, and spent nearly $13 million in settlements. O’Reilly denies all of the allegations against him.
“Beginning Monday, April 24th, Tucker Carlson Tonight will take over the 8PM timeslot, Fox News said in a statement. The Factor will continue for the remainder of this week at 8PM with guest hosts Dana Perino tonight and Greg Gutfeld on Friday night.”
“The Five will move into the 9PM timeslot starting Monday,” the release added.