President Donald Trump expressed support Wednesday for Bill O'Reilly as advertisers continued to flee over revelations that the Fox News star settled claims of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior made against him.
Trump in an interview with New York Times, disapproved of settlements paid to the women saying O'Reilly din't do anything wrong.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that Fox and O'Reilly paid $13 million to five women who accused him of sexual harassment.
O'Reilly has largely stayed silent on the issue so far this week, except for a short statement on his website dismissing the allegations. "Then, I don't recall specifically how it came up, but I think he mentioned O'Reilly first and answered the question, essentially, that he thought O'Reilly should not have settled and that he should have, quote, taken it all the way". He told the Times: "You should have taken it all the way".
Bill O'Reilly, the host of Fox News' popular talkshow "The O'Reilly Factor", is on tenuous ground as a growing number of companies pull advertisements from his show.
Fox News has said that advertisers who pulled their ads would be directed to the network's other programs so that probably means they'll just move to other shows like "Hannity", or "Tucker Carlson Tonight". The parent company has said O'Reilly denies the allegations. "That's basically Trump's relationship with Fox News in a nutshell", Meyers says.
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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly may be losing advertisers amid his recently uncovered sexual harassment scandals, but viewers don't seem to be phased.
Even if O'Reilly is suspended from Fox, he will be more than fine due to his popularity as an author. Angie's List spokeswoman Cheryl Reed said the company has a contract with Fox that doesn't specify which Fox program its ads will air on, but the company, which offers crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses, has no plans to change its ad buy. Rush Limbaugh was able to survive a similar advertiser revolt a few years ago, but his show has never been the same and I firmly believe that is part of what set up his shocking sell-out to Trump during the primaries.
"The O'Reilly Factor" viewership reached 3.7 million Monday and 3.8 million Tuesday, up 14 percent from the prior week, according to USA Today.
Fox News didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
So, intellectually you can make a strong argument that O'Reilly's days at Fox News are numbered.
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