Bill O’Reilly Fired As Part Of Major Shake-Ups at Fox News

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Bill The end of an era has arrived at Fox News. Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor will no longer appear the network. He was fired over sexual harassment allegations after revelations about five sexual harassment cases that happened in the past. Thirteen million dollars was paid to his accusers. Fox NewsMajor changes in the prime time lineup have also been announced.

O’Reilly’s Statement:

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. 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 with 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.

20 Years With The Highest Ratings

Ever since O’Reilly was hired by Roger Ailes in 1996, he maintained the highest ratings for any of the news shows on the major networks. Millions of people tuned in every night to hear his perspective on every political issue. The show allowed other network people to step into the spotlight for weekly segments and as guest hosts. Eric Bolling, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Jesse Watters, and several others have guest hosted when O’Reilly was unavailable for an evening or on vacation. Gutfeld appeared during a weekly segment called “What The Heck Just Happened” with Imus in the Morning executive producer Bernie McGuirk. O’Reilly’s replacement will have some big shoes to fill but may not have much of a problem doing that.

New Prime TIme Lineup At Fox News

All but three shows will move to a different time slot.

Eric Bolling, a current co-host of The Five will have his own show at 5 pm eastern.

Eric Bolling, current co-host of The Five, will host a new show at 5 pm eastern

Bret Baier will continue to host Special Report at 6 pm eastern. Between April 24th and 28th, Special Report will last for two hours.

Bret Baier, current host of Special Report

Martha MacCallum will continue to host the 7 pm eastern hour, with a new show called The Story with Martha MacCallum after The First 100 Days ends on April 28th. MacCallum originally hosted America’s Newsroom and took over the 7 pm time slot after Megyn Kelly left Fox.

Martha MacCallum, current host of The First 100 Days and host of the new show, The Story with Martha MacCallum

Tucker Carlson’s show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, will move to its third time slot from 9 pm eastern to 8 pm eastern.

Tucker Carlson, current host of Tucker Carlson Tonight

The Five will move from 5 pm eastern to 9 pm eastern. Jesse Watters will take Bolling’s place on the show while the rest of the hosts will stay on the show. Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, and Greg Gutfeld will remain as co-hosts.

The Five’s current co-hosts, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, and Greg Gutfeld (L to R)
Jesse Watters, current host of Watters’ World and Eric Bolling’s replacement on The Five

Hannity will stay in the 10 pm eastern time slot.

The Future At Fox News

Fox News has gone through several changes since last September with Greta Van Susteren, Megyn Kelly, and now Bill O’Reilly leaving the network and prime time lineup. There has been some certainty and clarity, especially with Tucker Carlson’s new show. However, Fox is desperately in need of some younger talent. Depending on what happens with The Blaze after their lawsuit, there may be some talent that becomes available. The two popular options among some people are Tomi Lahren and Dana Loesch. A move involving Lahren would likely not happen until she is out of her contract with The Blaze. Loesch has appeared on Fox News several times. Lahren has appeared on Fox & Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, and Hannity but has not made an appearance on Fox since her dismissal from The Blaze.

Although viewers are likely unhappy with today’s move and are filled with some fear for the network, there are some bright spots. Tucker Carlson is likely to pick up more viewers in O’Reilly’s old time slot. The Five is also likely to pick up some more viewers as well in the 9 pm eastern time slot. Bolling will likely do very well in the 5 pm time slot since The Five has the highest ratings in that slot. The rest of the time slots will likely stay the same in terms of ratings.

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