Bill O’Reilly is blaming his Fox News ouster on “unfounded claims,” hours after the conservative broadcast channel announced his departure.
“It is tremendously disheartening that he 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, who hosted “The O’Reilly Factor” since 2001, praised his company and loyal viewers for their support.
“I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers.”
“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” the network wrote in a statement.
The network’s decision follows on the heels of a report by The New York Times that revealed O’Reilly had paid $13 million in sexual harassment settlements.
BREAKING: Statement from Bill O'Reilly, who is currently on a plane back from Italy >> pic.twitter.com/UCnUjNQSrS
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) April 19, 2017