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Fox Ends Ties with Top-Rated Host Bill O’Reilly


FILE - Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor" is shown Oct. 1, 2015.
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Representatives at Fox News and its parent, Twenty-First Century Fox, were not immediately available for comment about how O’Reilly might be replaced. A representative for O’Reilly, who has been off the air on vacation since April 11, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Vatican photograph showed O’Reilly shaking hands with Pope Francis after a general audience Wednesday, but it was not clear if the Pope knew who the television host was.

The New York Times reported on April 1 that Fox and O’Reilly, a 20-year veteran of the conservative cable network, paid five women a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims. The five women who received settlements either worked for O’Reilly or appeared as guests on his program, according to the New York Times story.

O’Reilly said in the statement at the time that he had settled only to spare his children from the controversy.

O’Reilly’s show, The O’Reilly Factor, is the top-rated show on Fox News. According to ad-tracking firm Kantar Media, it brought in $147.13 million in advertising revenue in 2016.

Twenty-First Century Fox’s last fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2016, brought in a total of $7.65 billion in advertising revenue.

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