In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News commentator forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32 million sexual harassment settlement in January, and the network's parent knew about the deal when it gave him a new contract the next month, the New York Times reported Saturday.Twenty-First Century Fox Inc acknowledged that it had been aware of O'Reilly's settlement with Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News legal analyst, when it signed a contract extension with "The O'Reilly Factor" host in February.The next month, the company gave O'Reilly a contract extension worth $25 million a year.In April, after advertisers began to flee O'Reilly's show, the company parted ways with O'Reilly, ending the popular commentator's two-decade Fox News career.The Times reported on April 1 Fox or O'Reilly had paid five women a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims, before news of the sixth deal emerged."The O'Reilly Factor" was the top-rated show on Fox News.
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