"But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today". This is what he had to say about it on Thursday's O'Reilly Factor.
In the wake of his firing Wednesday, former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly maintained that sexual harassment claims against him were not true, calling his dismissal over the allegations "tremendously disheartening".
O'Reilly's departure comes less than a year after Fox News chairman Roger Ailes resigned following allegations of sexual harassment of female colleagues.
Nearly immediately after the announcement of O'Reilly's departure, Fox released its new, O'Reilly-less lineup, which will start Monday, the day O'Reilly had been scheduled to return from vacation.
O'Reilly's exit, which was first reported by NY magazine, follows that of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who was forced to resign in July after being accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women, including former anchor Gretchen Carlson.
Fox News confirmed that Tucker Carlson will be taking over O'Reilly's 8 p.m.
Now, the top ratings for O'Reilly's time slot - and Fox's other prime-time shows - could be at risk.
But the departure of major advertisers, anxious about the knock-on effect of being associated with "The O'Reilly Factor", ultimately sealed his fate as the Murdoch family, which owns the corporation, flexes their might in a global marketplace. O'Reilly has denied wrongdoing.
On April 1, five women came forward and accused him of harassment over the past 15 years - they told The New York Times that their lawsuits were covered up by Fox, and the payouts allegedly totaled about $13 million.
The more staunchly pro-Trump Eric Bolling will host a new 5 p.m. show, while "The Five", with Trump-sympathetic co-hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle and Jesse Watters, shifts to 9 p.m.
In the midst of backlash over the allegations, O'Reilly left for a few weeks of vacation, which he said had been scheduled for months.
"Credit to James and Lachlan for doing the right thing here", said DiClemente, who noted that dealing with the O'Reilly controversy "in the right way" could be helpful for the Sky review. Fox News had no choice but to fire O'Reilly.
Twenty-First Century Fox had tapped the law firm Paul, Weiss Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which also looked into the allegations against Ailes, to investigate O'Reilly's conduct. The company is making "a pretty big statement" to that effect by dropping O'Reilly, said Hall, the American University professor. "But you have to put some spine back into the Murdoch family and the Fox News Channel board because you are about to lose Bill O'Reilly".
While O'Reilly's future at the network is likely to be determined by business calculations, sources said that his failure to establish relationships has made him more vulnerable as Murdoch and his sons debate the host's future at the network.