Advertisers quit Fox show over sex claims


The New York Times revealed on Saturday previously unknown sexual-harassment complaints that resulted in settlements paid by Fox and O'Reilly to five former coworkers, who alleged repeated instances of verbal abuse, lewd comments, and unwanted advances.

In a Wednesday interview with the newspaper, Trump came to O'Reilly's defense, calling him "a good person".

"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", he told the Time.

This from he of "grab 'em by the pussy" and "locker room talk" fame.

During the United States election campaign, Trump had defended then Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who also was accused of sexual harassment.

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"He's an overt misogynist, he has been his entire life, and how dare he defend Bill O'Reilly", she said.

The women named in the Times report are Rachel Witlieb Bernstein and Andrea Mackris, who were former producers on his show, and Rebecca Gomez Diamond, Laurie Dhue, and Juliet Huddy, former on-air personalities at Fox News and Fox Business Network.

In his new book, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly says he is reaching out to a generation of Americans he believes are under siege. "Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News", the statement continued. Nor is advertising the biggest source of Fox News revenue. His defenders include President Donald Trump. More advertisers have joined the list of defectors from Fox's The O'Reilly Factor show bringing the total to around 20.

He said he settled the cases because "I'm a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way".

"What ticked him off is the fact that I didn't vote for him and that I came out and said I'm not going to vote for him". They stopped Hillary Clinton and they put him in power. National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill on Tuesday called for O'Reilly to be fired and an independent investigation launched into sexual harassment at Fox.

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O'Reilly has been dogged with claims of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior for years, yet he maintains his innocence, even after the most recent revelations over the settlements.

Brands that pulled out as "The O'Reilly Factor" advertisers saw an average lift in digital content engagement of 141% on April 4 compared to April 3, according to Amobee, a global marketing technology company.

One sign in O'Reilly's favor: The Wall Street Journal reported that Fox renewed his contract, which was due to expire at the end of the year, while fully aware of the accusations, which stretch back more than a decade.

There are serious questions as to whether the conservative network tolerates sexual harassment against women.

Her tongue has grown sharper in the wake of the Trump administration, and that was proved once again Wednesday night when Auntie called Fox News "a sexual harassment enterprise".

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