Fox News’ Kurtz on O’Reilly: Women Here Said They Were Uncomfortable with Him Staying
‘O’Reilly’s ouster comes nine months after the forced resignation of Roger Ailes’


KURTZ: "But the climate shifted dramatically after an April 1st 'New York Times' report that O’Reilly or Fox had paid $13 million over the years to settle five cases alleging sexual or other harassment on his part. More than 50 companies pulled their advertising from his show. O’Reilly, whose lawyer has accused far left groups of engaging in a smear campaign, met with Pope Francis today while on vacation. O'Reilly said in a statement, 'It was 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.' O’Reilly’s ouster comes nine months after the forced resignation of former chairman Roger Ailes who several women accused of sexual harassment allegations that he denied. Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, have emphasized changing the company's culture so any form of harassment is unacceptable. For that reason, some female employees were uncomfortable with O'Reilly staying on and pressure escalated once the company asked a law firm to examine the allegations. The move means some programming changes on Monday. Tucker Carlson will move into O’Reilly's slot at 8:00 P.M. Eastern, and 'The Five' will go to primetime at 9:00 P.M. Martha MacCallum’s show becomes permanent at 7:00 P.M. and on May 1st, Eric Bolling launches a new program at 5:00.”