20 Apr 2017 02:21 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Tucker Carlson (Image Source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)
While Bill O'Reilly is reportedly on vacation at some unknown location, that didn't stop him from commenting on the news report that he'd been fired from Fox News. He issued a statement calling the decision "disheartening."
Fox News Channel did report the news of the day that O'Reilly had received his walking papers. Howard Kurtz from the Mediabuzz program announced the ouster, noting "after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior prompted the network to end his program."
Just in case there was question over whether or not this decision was mutual between Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox and the conservative newsman, he issued a statement calling the sexual harassment allegations against him "unfounded."
"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," he wrote.
"It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims," O'Reilly continued. "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," concluded the statement.
O'Reilly had announced on his last show a few weeks back that he was taking a vacation, and both he and the news network stressed that it had been planned last fall. He was supposed to return next Monday but will now not ever return.
Instead, Fox News Channel has made changes to its lineup. One immediate change is that the conservative host's name has been removed from his program. Last night it was simply labeled, The Factor.
In its place in the 8 p.m. time slot on Monday will be Tucker Carlson Tonight. The daytime series The Five will be upgrading to primetime to take Tucker's 9 p.m. time slot. Eric Bolling will now have his own show in the 5 p.m. hour, with Jesse Watters taking his spot on The Five.
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