Fox Network’s Most Popular Host Bill O’Reilly Forced Out of Fox

Bill O'Riley Leaves Fox News

Bill O’Reilly’s reign as the top-rated host in cable news came to an abrupt and embarrassing end on Wednesday as Fox News forced him out after the disclosure of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him and an internal investigation that turned up even more.

Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, made their call to terminate the network’s most popular host in a letter on Wednesday afternoon.  The decision came after reviewing the results of an internal investigation that found that multiple women had reported inappropriate behavior by Mr. O’Reilly.

On Wednesday evening, there was no sign that O’Reilly had hosted his show, The O’Reilly Factor, when it aired at 8pm. Instead, it appears as though the network has renamed the show as just The Factor.

Perino opened the show with a brief statement acknowledging that O’Reilly was leaving the network, but said she would discuss it later on in the show.

Bill O’Reilly Gossip News and Trivia

As of 2001, has said he receives about 30,000 e-mails a day for his show The O’Reilly Factor (1996).

Majored in History at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, New York), earning his B.A. in 1971. He was given an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the school in 2000.

O’Reilly received his M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University in 1975.

Earned his M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1995.

The film rights to his novel, Those Who Trespass, were bought by actor/director, Mel Gibson.

Politically, he has always claimed he is a registered independent on The O’Reilly Factor (1996). But, it was later revealed that O’Reilly was actually a registered Republican in Nassau County in 1994. O’Reilly re-registered as an independent soon after.

During his career, he has been a reporter/anchor in: Boston, Miami, Scranton, Dallas, Denver, Portland (Oregon), Hartford, New York City, and Los Angeles. He has also covered wars in the Falkland Islands, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, and Israel.

Names “Rainy Night in Georgia” by Brook Benton as his all-time favorite song. He also enjoys the music of Luther Vandross, Joe Cocker , The Doors, The Rolling Stones and Earth Wind & Fire.

While at Marist, he claimed to have played quarterback, punter, and kicker on the varsity football team, but Marist did not have a varsity football team until after he graduated. He also was a semi-professional baseball pitcher with the New York Monarchs, and was the goalie on his high school hockey team.

He was a high school teacher from 1971-1973 after graduating from Marist. He taught both History and English at Monsignor Edward Pace High School, a school founded by the Marist Order in Opa-Locka, Florida, located in North Miami-Dade. He also assisted with the school’s baseball team.

While he was a reporter at WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he also wrote the jokes for “Uncle Ted’s Ghoul School,” a Saturday night monster movie show.

He has two young children: a daughter, Madeline (born in 1998) and a son, Spencer (born in 2003).

Attended Chaminade High School, Mineola, New York.

In 2002, he successfully started “The Radio Factor”… a 2-hour radio version of The O’Reilly Factor (1996).

On his website he lists the following as his favorite films: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Producers (1967), Casablanca (1942), Apocalypse Now (1979), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Unforgiven (1992), Shampoo (1975), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Viva Las Vegas (1964), Saturday Night Fever (1977), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Dirty Harry (1971), The Wolf Man (1941), Rocky (1976), Young Frankenstein (1974), A Shot in the Dark (1964), The Alamo (1960), The Blob (1958), Easy Rider (1969).

Wife Maureen was born on May 11, 1966; making her almost 17 years her husband’s junior.

Sued by former The O’Reilly Factor (1996) associate producer Andrea Mackris, who accused him of sexual harassment. An out of court settlement was reached 15 days later, O’Reilly reportedly paying Mackris over $2 million without admitting guilt or issuing an apology. No guilt was ever proven on O’Reilly’s part, however. (13 October 2004).

His hometown is Levittown, New York.

Favorite songs: “L.A. Woman” by The Doors, “I Love Music” by The O’Jays, “Drive My Car” by The Beatles, “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga, “Kentucky Rain” by Elvis Presley.

His top five favorite films are in descending order Casablanca (1942), Platoon (1986), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Schindler’s List (1993) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).

When O’Reilly expressed his staunch opposition to the erection of a mosque near the former site of Manhattan’s Twin Towers on The View: Episode dated 14 October 2010 (2010), both Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off the set in protest. Shortly after host Barbara Walters defended O’Reilly’s right to his opinion, both co-hosts Goldberg and Behar later returned to their seats.

Considers Boston as his second home. Parents met there, he attended school (Boston University, Harvard University) there, first journalist job there.

His wife Maureen is reported to have much more politically liberal beliefs than him.

His first job was, at age 16, at Carvel Ice Cream. Later, had a job as a lifeguard.

Release of his book, “Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama”. [2010]

Release of his book, “Culture Warrior”. [2006]

Release of his book, “Kids Are Americans Too”. [2007]

Release of his book, “The No Spin Zone: Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America”. [2001]

Release of his book, “Who’s Looking Out For You”. [2003]

Release of his book, “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir”. [2008]

He is of Irish ancestry, except for one of his maternal great-grandmothers, who was of Colonial American descent, including English and some French Huguenot.

Paid with Fox News and $13 million to settle lawsuits from five women who accused him of sexual harassment.[April 2017].

Several companies pull their ads from his top-rated news show after allegations of sexual harassment rose from
several past and present Fox News employees.[April 2017].

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