More advertisers say they have ditched Fox's O'Reilly show

Candice Alexander
April 21, 2017

Over the weekend, 67-year-old O'Reilly issued a statement denying claims of sexual harassment, but did not deny paying the settlements, stating that he did so to "put to rest any controversies to spare my children".

"Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled", Mr. Trump said in an interview in the Oval Office with New York Times reporters.

Maxine Waters said Bill O'Reilly needs to "go to jail" for the numerous sexual harassment cases he has settled out of court. "I don't think Bill did anything wrong".

Together, they've allegedly paid out more than $13 million to keep those women quiet, but now that word is out, dozens of advertisers have pulled their money from The O'Reilly Factor.

Some of the advertisers to pull out of the "O'Reilly Factor" were BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Allstate, Esurance, and H&R Block, among others.

Meanwhile, many female employees inside Fox News are too scared to speak out about problems in the workplace, fearing that they have no leverage against powerful on-air talents like O'Reilly, current and former network sources have told CNNMoney.

"You probably have at least a passing familiarity with Fox News if you've ever visited an elderly relative or gotten drunk at a bar in a small-town Applebee's", he said, introducing the segment, stressing that Fox News is now very influential, "particularly with one viewer, the president of the United States".

The figures were O'Reilly's biggest ever, buoyed by its coverage of the Trump White House, The Reporter said.

O'Reilly's ratings have held up on Monday and Tuesday night of this week with around 3.7 million people watching - down on his 3.9 million March quarter average.

It's coming out of the mouth of a man who has said some awful things about women.

Trump similarly defended former Fox News chief Roger Ailes previous year, when Ailes was facing a litany of sexual harassment allegations.

That this happened while Roger Ailes was running Fox News is, unfortunately, not in the least surprising. That was when then-Fox News personalities Gretchen Carlson and Andrea Tantaros went public with their allegations of sexual harassment against Ailes and O'Reilly, respectively. She went on to say "it's all catching up with Bill O'Reilly and that sexual harassment enterprise that they created over there at Fox".

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