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American political commentator, journalist, author, and former television host (born 1949)wd:Q310953
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Chaminade High School, Marist College, Queen Mary University of London, Boston University College of Communication, John F. Kennedy School of Government
occupation: journalist, radio personality, television presenter, baseball player, teacher, writer, podcaster
William James O'Reilly Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American journalist, author, and former television host.
O'Reilly's broadcasting career began during the late 1970s and 1980s, when reported for local television stations in the United States and later for CBS News and ABC News. He anchored the tabloid television program Inside Edition from 1989 to 1995. O'Reilly joined the Fox News Channel in 1996 and hosted The O'Reilly Factor until 2017. The O'Reilly Factor was the highest-rated cable news show for 16 years, and he was described by media analyst Howard Kurtz as "the biggest star in the 20-year history at Fox News" at the time of his ouster. He is the author of numerous books and hosted The Radio Factor (2002–2009). O'Reilly is a conservative commentator.O'Reilly's media career took a major blow after a series of 2017 New York Times investigative articles revealed that he had paid six women nearly $50 million to settle various sexual misconduct lawsuits. After the first New York Times investigation revealed that O'Reilly and Fox News had settled five sexual harassment lawsuits totaling $13 million, Fox News terminated O'Reilly's employment in April 2017. He subsequently began hosting a podcast, No Spin News. In October 2017, The New York Times reported that O'Reilly was also sued by former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl for allegedly initiating a "non-consensual sexual relationship" with her. O'Reilly paid Wiehl $32 million to confidentially settle the lawsuit, and when the details of this settlement were leaked, O'Reilly was dropped by the United Talent Agency.
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