Fox News parts ways with star host Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment. Roselle Chen reports.
Fox News issued a statement that it is parting ways with star host Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment. Representatives at the network and its parent company Twenty-First Century Fox were not immediately available for comment. A representative for O'Reilly declined to comment. Chris Ariens, TV & media editor for Adweek: (SOUNDBITE) CHRIS ARIENS, TV & MEDIA EDITOR, ADWEEK, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I don't think they have a choice at this point. Everything has been getting louder and louder. There was a protest yesterday outside Fox News. There was one last week outside Fox News calling for his firing, because what he was accused of doing, he denies all of it, it's just not going to be tolerable in a workplace anymore. And I think that's the challenge that Fox News and the 21st Century Fox has. If they keep him on the air, what message are they sending? Yes, he can bring in a lot of revenue, but one of his episodes, when he was still here, had five minutes of commercial time. Compared to about 14 minutes of commercial time during a regular hour, so, already a damaged brand, and already losing advertisers and ad revenue, it makes it pretty easy decision for Fox News to make to send him on his way." On April 1st, The New York Times reported that Fox and O'Reilly paid five women a total of $13 million to settle sexual harassment claims. At that time, O'Reilly denied allegations and issued a statement saying he had been unfairly targeted because of his public prominence.