The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, announced on Wednesday that it was cutting its star loose. The decision followed sexual harassment accusations against O’Reilly that have sparked protests and caused a mass exodus from advertisers.
“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,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement.
O’Reilly was due to return from a vacation on Monday, but instead will be replaced by Tucker Carlson.
The primetime host’s boot from the network ends his two-decade reign as one of the most influential voices on television. And those who found his comments about race, gender and so, so, so many other topics offensive are experiencing a collective sigh of relief — especially on Twitter.
Here are the are the most poignant, funny and downright cathartic responses to his sacking: