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O'Reilly Maintains Innocence After Ouster From Fox News

20 April 2017, 07:27 | Bernard Bryant

As fallout from Bill O'Reilly firing ensues, petition urges cancellation of his speaking tour — including his upcoming Amalie Arena appearance

Posters featuring Bill O’Reilly are displayed at the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday

Speaking with Anderson Cooper on "AC360", Powers - a CNN political analyst - described an incident in which she appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" along with fellow analyst, and current CNN commentator, Margaret Hoover.

O'Reilly's "Killing" historical series, including "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Reagan", have consistently sold 1 million or more copies in hardcover, a rare achievement in publishing, and his platform on Fox enabled him to promote his work. His spokesperson says the trip had been planned since October, and Fox News says he will return to "The O'Reilly Factor" on April 24. Colbert acknowledged that he owed a chunk of his career to that walking landfill of angry garbage: "I owe a lot to Bill O'Reilly", the host said on The Late Show.

Yet the allegations against O'Reilly fit into an uncomfortable narrative for the cable news network. "The men there and Roger Ailes, this was a way of life for them".

Fox News has already announced the new schedules of the show.

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Ailes resigned previous year with a $40 million exit package. He recently bought a $36 million oceanfront home in Florida. "He's been the linchpin" of the lineup, said Jane Hall, an American University professor and former Fox contributor, who noted that it will take a while to see whether his loyal audience sticks with O'Reilly's replacement.

The New York Times said Fox defended O'Reilly even as he and the company reached settlements with five women who had complained about sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by him. So Bill, I invite you to come live in the mountain cabin with me and Jon Stewart. Other accusations followed and Ailes was gone two weeks later.

This month, the timeline repeated itself. For more, we speak with civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom. The results of the internal probe were not shared publicly on Wednesday, but it apparently influenced the Murdochs' decision.

"21st Century Fox investigates all complaints, and we have asked the law firm Paul, Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters", a 21st Century Fox spokesman said at the time. Paul Rittenberg, executive vp of advertising sales at Fox News, said in a recent statement: "We value our partners and are working with them to address their current concerns about The O'Reilly Factor".

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