Top-rated conservative broadcaster Bill O'Reilly was forced out of his decades-long stint as host of one of America's most popular cable news programs when Fox News suddenly gave him the pink slip.
However, O'Reilly's removal from Fox News was hailed by women's rights activists.
Now that you've read all that, here is a video of an adorable little baby kitten and a fluffy puppy who are best friends, for your blood pressure's sake. It's believed O'Reilly's annual salary was $25 million, in a contract running through 2020 or 2021. O'Reilly was photographed in Rome shaking Pope Francis' hand on Wednesday.
Dozens of advertisers abandoned the "O'Reilly Factor" and other women came forward with new accusations of harassment.
"For years, Fox News executives, like Bill Shine, have provided cover for systematic sexual harassment and abuse of Fox New's employees".
Like numerous late-night hosts on Wednesday, Jimmy Kimmel couldn't resist poking fun at the big news that Bill O'Reilly has been dropped by Fox News.
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O'Reilly subsequently released a statement in which he alluded to the sexual harassment allegations as "unfounded claims".
The company announced that Tucker Carlson will take over O'Reilly's slot at 8 p.m. "You failed him. You failed Bill O'Reilly", Colbert's alter ego said. "So, they are going to pay him $25 million to never appear on Fox again".
Stephen Colbert opened his show on Wednesday night by addressing Fox News' firing of Bill O'Reilly, the man who served as the inspiration for the "Stephen Colbert" conservative pundit character who spent nearly a decade hosting The Colbert Report. "I'm sure the oak tree said some disturbing things about young black men with their rap music and their neck tattoos, but damn it the tree had been there forever". On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal, a newspaper owned by the Murdochs, wrote that the company was preparing to cut ties with O'Reilly.
He was sacked following an independent investigation by the law firm Paul, Weiss into claims that he harassed several women.
O'Reilly was coincidentally on vacation as rumors of his dismissal swirled.