After much speculation, Fox News has confirmed that its top-rated host, Bill O’Reilly, will officially be leaving the network after more than 20 years with the company.
O’Reilly’s departure comes on the heels of a New York Times report alleging that Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, paid out $13 million to five women who accused the cable news host of sexual harassment.
Now that O’Reilly is out at Fox, the cable network has shaken up its primetime lineup. First, O’Reilly’s 8:00pm show will be replaced with Tucker Carlson Tonight. Carlson’s show initially ran at 7:00pm after Greta Van Susteren abruptly left the network, only to move to 9:00pm after Megyn Kelly jumped to NBC News.
In addition to Carlson, the entire Fox News primetime lineup will undergo a major change. The Five will move from 5:00pm to 9:00pm starting next Monday, and its time slot will be replaced by a brand new show hosted by Eric Bolling, to begin May 1. Bolling had been a host on The Five and will be replaced by Jesse Watters, whose segment “Watters World” was featured regularly on The O’Reilly Factor.