Host Bill O'Reilly out at Fox News

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NEW YORK (AP) - According to a short statement from parent company 21st Century Fox, Bill O'Reilly, the popular host of the highly-successful O'Reilly Factor, will not return to Fox News.

In a short statement, the company said, “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.”

O'Reilly's show has been the subject of an advertiser boycott since a report earlier this month that five women have been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about alleged harassment by O'Reilly, who has denied the charges.

O'Reilly had been scheduled to return from a vacation next Monday and was photographed in Rome shaking Pope Francis' hand on Wednesday.

It marks a stunning end to a near perfect marriage between a pugnacious personality and network. For two decades O'Reilly has ruled the "no spin zone" with cable news' most popular show, and his ratings had never been higher.