Fox News and Bill O'Reilly abruptly parted ways this week after 21 years.

Good riddance.

The news industry is a better place without him, and his former colleagues are safer now that they no longer have to work alongside the short-tempered and allegedly predatory news commentator.

The public is also better off not having O'Reilly's particular brand of carefully crafted grievance-mongering filtering into living rooms every evening.

His show, "The O'Reilly Factor," served one purpose: To stir up discontent among Fox's aging viewers, and to keep his audience in a state of constant agitation.

The show was about controversy. Someone somewhere is up to no good, and they're trying to steal the country from you, America. If there weren't honest-to-God scandals to discuss, O'Reilly would create them, which is where we get Fox's annual War on Christmas and Spring Break spectacles.

A cashier said "Happy holidays!" instead of "Merry Christmas"! Can you believe it, America? Spring Breakers are smoking the marijuana reefer cigarettes! For shame, America!

O'Reilly had all the moral outrage and indignation of a Christian televangelist, and none of the religion.

When he wasn't disproportionately highlighting black-on-white crime, he was hawking his "Killing" book series, a laughably bad exercise in elementary level writing and historical revisionism.

When O'Reilly wasn't trying to get people to buy his books, he was lashing out at well-deserved criticism.

Conservative columnist George Will, for example, wrote in 2015 that O'Reilly's "Killing Reagan," which posits the 40th president's mental decline was triggered by the failed 1981 assassination attempt, was a "flood of regurgitated slanders. O'Reilly's reaction was not unlike that of a small child, banging on a highchair with a spoon.

"You're a hack!" the former cable news host shouted as he interviewed his critic. "You're in with a cabal of Reagan loyalists who don't want the truth to be told!"

When he wasn't smearing his critics, O'Reilly was treating other dissenting guests like trash, including Jeremy Glick, a 9/11 victim who disagreed vehemently with the War on Terror.

"I've done more for the 9/11 families by their own admission," the former host boasted as the 2003 interview turned more heated. "I've done more for them than you will ever hope to do, so you keep your mouth shut."

O'Reilly ordered Glick to "shut up" a few more times before turning to his producers and saying, "Cut his mic."

When he wasn't treating guests like garbage, he was advising dead women, including Jennifer Moore, who was raped and murdered after a night of drinking, on how they should have made better life choices.

"Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go," O'Reilly said on his radio program in 2005.

"So every predator in the world is going to pick that up at two in the morning. She's walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she's out of her mind, drunk," he added.

Ah, yes. The classic "did you see what she was wearing?" argument.

Speaking of sexual deviancy:

When O'Reilly wasn't lecturing the dead on how they should have avoided murder, he was reportedly sexually harassing his co-workers. A lot of them. Fox News and O'Reilly have paid out an estimated $13 million since 2002 to settle allegations of sexual harassment.

It was his alleged tendency to prey on his female colleagues that prompted Fox to let him go this week. The move came after roughly 40 advertisers pulled out of his program this year following a series of increasingly lurid and detailed claims of sexual harassment.

It probably shouldn't have taken Fox this long, but better late than never.

The world of cable news television, and the world in general, are better places without O'Reilly leering at us from behind a giant megaphone.