Bill O’Reilly Sexual Harassment Scandal Sends Host on Vacay
This has not been a great month for FOX News host Bill O’Reilly. First, is was disclosed that the network had to pay out about $13 million to settle sexual harassment lawsuits against him and now it seems that advertisers are leaving his show like rats leaving a drowning ship. It has been reported that, as of today, 60 companies have pulled spots from the “O’Reilly Factor.”
O’Reilly has said that the vacation was planned a long time ago but the timing of the announcement and the trip itself looks a bit suspicious. It was recently revealed that his network has had to pay out more than $13 million to settle multiple lawsuits with a number of women. This revelation prompted at least 60 companies to pull their advertising from his show, “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Of the trip, O’Reilly said, “I grab some vacation because it’s spring and Easter time. Last fall, I booked a trip that should be terrific.”
For its part, FOX News is not new to sexual harassment scandals. Last year, its chief, Roger Ailes was sent packing, with millions of dollars in severance, after he faced similar allegations.
President Trump weighed in on O’Reilly sexual harassment scandal.
In an unusual move, President Donald Trump even had something to add when the scandal broke. He hold the New York Times, that he thought O’Reilly is “a good person. The president went on to say, “Personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way; I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
Comparisons to Glenn Beck are being made.
Like O’Reilly, Glenn Beck had a very popular show on FOX News. He was a firebrand and his views got him some great ratings but in 2009, he went too far when he said that Barack Obama had a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” Over the next year and a half about 120 companies pulled their ads from his show and he left the network.
The same fate may be awaiting O’Reilly.