Bill O’Reilly: Fox News Ouster ‘Tremendously Disheartening,’ Based on ‘Unfounded Claims’

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Bill O’Reilly has blamed his ouster from Fox News on “completely unfounded claims” that have been leveled against him.

The embattled news anchor and longtime pillar of Fox News was dropped Wednesday by the network he helped build amid a steady stream of allegations that he engaged in sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior toward women over the years.

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“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,” O’Reilly said. “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. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.”

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On Tuesday, O’Reilly attorney Marc Kasowitz said the star anchor was the subject of a “smear campaign” fueled by far-left advocacy groups that were after him for political and financial gain. Kasowitz said he would be presenting “irrefutable evidence” that such a campaign was coordinated. He did not return a call seeking comment on Wednesday.

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  1. Gregory Swank says:

    It is really bad that the far out left, can destroy anything they want using the unfair press, and how liberal
    pile on using lies……

  2. I love to listen to Bill’s insights, but regarding this issue I believe he’s guilty. That being said it’s still a “he said-she said” issue. These “injured” women have walked away with millions of dollars simply by being spoken to in the wrong way; which happens frequently to many people every day in our imperfect world. They should have not taken the money, I would have respected their integrity more. Maybe they could have forwarded the dollars to a more worthy cause other than their own pocket books. Seems like they won the lottery on the coat tails of Bill’s foolishness. I would like to see Bill admit this publicly and become his own “No-Spin Zone”. Nevertheless, if he’s on the air in the future, I’ll be watching him and enjoying his insights. I pray Bill turns to God who can help him with his problem.

  3. CONSTANCE says:

    See you Fox News. Bill was the only reason we hadn’t cut the cable. Now we will go with free digital. Yay for us. Bad for you. Bill will be missed in our household! Fox is drowning after bad decisions. Bill fair and balanced – Fox hypocrites and are going to lose ratings. Not going down with the ship.

  4. Dean E Jaynes says:

    One less channel to watch it’s getting pretty sparse.

  5. Sandra Chalmers says:

    you have all kind of crap on tv and you attack a fantastic guy come on there are a lot more of us then you lets back Bill

  6. CRHS says:

    I’m really bummed that so many Variety followers are actually feeling bad for this piglet. In my 15 years in the industry, I’ve endured so much gross and harassing comments from men and senior positions.

  7. Susan says:

    Sexual harassment is a joke, if you don’t know how to deal with it quit your job. This is just a smear campaign about this good man Mr O’Reily because he is the best anchor man I ever watched everyday. He is the man that says the truth. Mr O’Reily you can make your own good show. I will follow your show wherever you go. I love your show and more power to you.

    • Vanessa says:

      Good man you got a problem this man should have been gone he’s a racist bigot this is the same man that criticized Bill Cosby and look what he did you got to be careful when you live in glass house

    • CRHS says:

      You’re clearly either not a woman, or have never had a real job…

  8. Susan says:

    None of these women collecting money from fox claims will ever get another job.
    And fox could certainly get some money returned from g carlson she’s on every f ng show talking about it.

  9. Mario smith says:

    O’rReilly was a good entertainer, that’s all.

  10. The Truth says:

    The women who brought sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against O’Reilly didn’t come out 10 years after the fact. Over a series of years, five different women were paid off to drop their charges and keep silent. The New York Times recently learned the details of these settlements and outed the scandal by publishing what they knew — not the women.

    Furthermore, you forgot the second half of your argument: “Everyone is a sinner, and everyone pays for their sins.” O’Reilly’s hush money couldn’t keep the facts about his repeated abuses under wraps, and now he’s getting the justice he deserves. He is not the upright person you desperately and delusionally want him to be.

    If in fact the Alt Left (whatever that is) managed a coordinated effort to achieve O’Reilly’s ouster, they’ve performed a worthwhile public service. Hopefully they will continue to spotlight and eliminate hypocritical offenders of common decency, no matter what their political affiliation, from our airwaves and institutions. Start with Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

    But bear in mind that 60 Fox News sponsors — not members of the Alt Left — could no longer abide O’Reilly’s pathetic protestations of “unfounded claims.” And it was Fox News — not the Alt Left — who decided that firing Bill was the best thing they could do under the circumstances. But by turning a blind eye to O’Reilly’s misconduct for far too long, Fox certainly enabled him and others to perpetuate a workplace culture where sexual harassment was tolerated at the highest levels. Despite this bold step in the right direction, they’re still on the hook.

  11. Cristina Coll says:

    I’m against ANY sexual harassment but I’m also in favor of everyone having her or his day in court.
    Bill O’Reilly should be given every legal chance to defend himself before being forced out of his job.

  12. Rosie P. says:

    It is disheartening. Like so many famous people who have faced these kind of accusations, they haven’t had their day in court or the benefit of evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that they have committed these horrible acts. I’m not accusing them of being liars but isn’t the burden of proof on the accuser and not the accused? This has become a type of modern day witch hunt. It takes one person to throw out an accusation and suddenly all kinds of people are coming out of the woodwork to “cry witch!”

    • Pedro says:

      If O’Reilly wanted his day in court, she shouldn’t have settled for 13 million.

    • buy-bye says:

      I can assure you that if O’Reily was innocent you would be hearing it being screamed loudly from every rooftop across the land, including fox itself. There are just too many people that love O’Reily and too much money to be made. Nobody who is truly innocent, who makes a network 100’s of millions of dollars get ousted if the truth is on their side. It’s simple economics.

    • He had legal chances. In every case he chose to settle out of court.

    • Oh boo hoo. O’Reilly has settled time and time again out of court due to his inappropriate behavior. An innocent man has nothing to hide. If he was truly innocent, he would have gone court and allowed the evidence to come to light. But he couldn’t do that.

  13. cowgirldiva says:

    Of course, it’s a SMEAR campaign…!! This is the BULLY left getting in their licks beating down conservatives…!!! May they NEVER win another election of any kind…!!

    I hope Bill O’Reilly countersues and takes the trailers of ALL these trailer-trash women…!!

    Let’s hear the details….!! Was this normal office flirting, a few deeps sighs or RAPE…!!! This whole “he said, she said” is insane..!! Bill Clinton has SEX with “that” wonan in the Oval Office of our White House and he didn’t lose his job…!!!

  14. cadavra says:

    “If only those dumb bitches had just shut up and let me bang ’em, everything woulda been fine.”

  15. Alan Shaw says:

    O’Reilly was the best and the most fair newscaster period. He based everything on facts, even if it was against the conservative views of Fox News. It is a sad day that we are deprived of his unbiased news reporting based on his private life smear campaign which may or may not be totally factual. Funny like Trump’s accusers that these women now come out after ten years or so. Let’s be real. Even if true, everyone is a sinner. If everyone got fired from a misstep no one on earth would be working today. Bottom line is, we the American people are now with one less award winning accurate news program. It is just another tactic that the Alt Left had used to discredit Fox News because of its increased viewership. Oh well.

  16. Sally leri says:

    Bill o’reilly is why I watch Fox News, he is the last piece of the old school morals and values I grew up with, no one can compare to him! You turned your back on the very backbone that made your station great, shame on you! I will not watch fox, but I will watch when your ratings plummet

  17. He made his money,30million a year,he’s laughing all the way to the bank just like all democrat scum,he is a democrat.

  18. Tony says:

    I agree he was the victim of a coordinated left wing smear campaign; I also agree he was a serial sexual harasser who needed to be fired. The two are not mutually exclusive. Bill Clinton was the victim of a “vast right wing conspiracy” and yet he diddled Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. These perverts need to quit giving their enemies so much ammunition !

  19. Wendy Cooley says:

    Blame it always on the victim of sexual harassment, you jerk. It is about time you were fired!

  20. jackie says:

    I am done with Fox. Who is next? This channel is getting like the main stream media gia

  21. pat reader says:

    P.s. Mr Tucker is irritating, pushy, opinionated, argumentative, generally obnoxious & doesn’t appear all that bright. A poor replacement for O’Reilly. Fox News will go down with him as anchor. come on, you can do better.

  22. Jimmy Green says:

    He will be OK. The pope gave him last rites.

  23. tlsnyder42 says:

    O’Reilly is pro-life, so the radical, hysterical feminists have to destroy him and all other pro-life people in the public eye.

    • Steve says:

      Sean Hannity is pro-life, right? He hasn’t been destroyed. Maybe because he apparently doesn’t sexually harass women.

      I’m a lefty (and resolutely pro-choice). I’ve never taken part in any campaign to have people fired because of what they believe or say. But this was because of what O’Reilly DID.

  24. pat reader says:

    sad to hear this news. i hope he proves the allegations are false. amid so much scandal in the news today, I always looked forward to the O’Reilly show because he seemed like an honest, ‘common’ person. above the shenanigans of politicians. if true, it only disheartens me further about the fate of this country.

    • Vivian says:

      I have already stopped watching Fox. Until recently I was addicted. Now, they are just another cable news network. Megyn, the Diva, is gone, even though she was good. I won’t be watching her on whatever network she went to. I will follow Bill O’Reilly. Fox is clearly the victim of left wing efforts to silence the conservative voice. Taking down O’Reilly for what he has said, for “leering” and grunting. Come on. He deserves a chance to disprove BEFORE being fired. I will also be boycotting the advertisers that abandoned us. These advertisers were not supporting O’Reilly. They were providing a way for the conservative message to be broadcast. We conservatives are the losers here. This is the same group that is after our president.

  25. See Me - Feel Me says:

    Then why did Fox spend $3 million to settle claims on your behalf? Now that you’ve got some time on your hands maybe you should be seeking help. Perhaps we can get 45 to join you so you can have a like minded buddy in your group of abusers. Take heart Bill, there are places much lower on the pole than even Fox that would love to have you, Breibart and One America seem like a natural fit for you.

  26. tlsnyder42 says:

    This is crazy commie claptrap engineered by George Soros and the radical leftist, godless supporters in the “Democratic” Party of the baby killers at Planned Parenthood who are destroying America and Western Civilization, including my Roman Catholic brothers and sisters who lean conservative.

  27. Rayl says:

    We are with YOU Bill. We will give up fox news and either follow you on a new channel or your website. We live in a world of instantly guilty! It is a shame what has happened! Dont be disheartened. Your fans are here!!

    • null says:

      I ask that you replace the name “Bill” with the name of any cult leader of your choice… and then reread your own comment.

      With any hope, it will become clear how unhealthy this sort of language sounds. Unless they’ve been indoctrinated into a cult, people usually are not willing to follow someone preaching ideology at them to the ends of the world and deny all allegations against them… Doesn’t help that cults always have shady allegations against them, and with sexual assault being fairly common among them.

    • geri313 says:

      No Bill, we’re not with you. We’re ashamed of you. You are a sexual predator.

    • See Me - Feel Me says:

      Abusers of America stand by your man(hood)! If it’s good enough for the president, it’s good enough for all us. Make America Grope Again!

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