While O'Reilly, the undisputed ratings king of cable news, will still depart with a pretty penny, his payout is nothing compared to former CEO Roger Ailes — who walked away with $40 million after his harassment scandal by Fox employees.
As for how the shakeup was handled on air, network host Dana Perino explained to viewers of The O'Reilly Factor — now simply "The Factor" — why their beloved hothead would not be returning to the network on Wednesday night.
Perino was forced to praise the alleged serial harasser in a tribute of sorts, which marked "the end of an era here at the Fox News Channel."
That's for damn sure! See what the host said about O'Reilly's abrupt exit (below)!
On Tuesday night's Watch What Happens Live, Lea Michele came out swinging for her swing-dancing former costar, saying:
"First of all, that was ridiculous because the reality is that Heather already won Dancing With the Stars. I don't know if you watched Glee, but she's, like, the best dancer in the entire world, so she certainly should have won...
We were all really sad, but I think she's incredible. She's a mom of two, she's gorgeous and she's in her element, back dancing. So, I think it was an incredible thing, win or lose."
How sweet to have her former costar's back like that! Of course, it wasn't all Glee love on WWHL! Lea was also very quick to answer when Andy Cohen asked what she thought the worst song in the show's history.