>> Bill O'Reilly's tenure at Fox News, once seen as unshakable, coming to an end Wednesday. Parent company 21st Century Fox announcing cable news' top-rated host will not be returning after a review of sexual harassment allegations. Media reports suggesting O'Reilly lost the backing of his boss, media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
His removal from the lineup comes at a painful time for Fox. Roger Ailes the architect behind the network's success was fired under his own cloud of sexual misconduct allegations, and another ratings winner, Megyn Kelly, quit for NBC, in just the past few months. Jenn Seba follows media for Reuters breaking views.
>> I guess this is gonna be the real test, right? Is Fox News the brand bigger than any of their one personalities. Ailes, O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly, Glen Beck, whoever that's been in and out over the years. And so far they've proven that the brand itself is stronger. Now, that could all come crumbling down with Bill O'Reilly.
>> The final decision apparently made without a face to face meeting. This picture taken Wednesday of O'Reilly at the Vatican shaking hands with none other than the Pope. In response to his firing, O'Reilly saying in a statement posted on his website quote, it is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.
O'Reilly's stunning fall comes after another another allegation this week of sexual harassment from a former Fox staffer. This follows revelations that $30 million in settlements had been paid over the years to settle similar claims, leading over 50 companies to pull advertising from his show. O’Reilly will not be back on the air to defend himself or say goodbye to his viewers.
Marking an uncharacteristically quiet end to two decades of bombastic commentary from one of the leading defenders on the political right. It also shows a stunning change of heart by management, since accusations of sexual bullying have been swirling around the network anchor for years. But never hurt his popularity until now