In a highly controversial move, Fox News announced on Wednesday that it was parting ways with top host and political commentator, Bill O’Reilly, ending the 20-year run of “The O’Reilly Factor” (originally titled The O’Reilly Report from 1996 to 1998).
O’Reilly is the author of numerous bestselling books on history and American culture. Last year, he came under fire as reports of sexual harassment began to surface, painting the picture of a man with a sordid history in the workplace, or, as some believe, one who had become the latest conservative target of a smear campaign. This resulted in a recent payment by the network of a $13 million settlement to several women.
It was announced that Tucker Carlson who currently hosts “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at 9 p.m. will fill the now-vacant 8 p.m. ET slot. O’Reilly maintains his innocence, stating after Wednesday’s announcement, “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”
Effective immediately, “The O’Reilly Factor” is no more and the show will be called “The Factor.”
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