Don Lemon vs. Bill O'Reilly
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 12:40
In a statement on the O'Reilly controversy on Tuesday, Fox said it was working to address the concerns of advertisers, noting that the companies in question had diverted their funds into other Fox News content. In total, he and Fox News have settled cases with five different women over allegations that included "verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and [inappropriate] phone calls".
Credit Karma spokesman Rick Chen said the company removed its ads from O'Reilly's show "in light of the recent concerning allegations".
From January 2015 to September 2016, the program pulled in some $297 million in ad revenues, according to the research firm Kantar Media.
This is not the first time Fox News has faced allegations of men using power and influence to elicit sex.
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.
As recently as last December, TheWrap ran a story titled, "Why Bill O'Reilly is having a better week than you", that said he was dominating the cable news landscape while simultaneously sitting atop the New York Times best-seller list with his book, "Killing the Rising Sun".
There's been a drumbeat of embarrassing Fox News stories in just the past few days.
Since the Times report, another woman, Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky, has filed a harassment claim against Fox News and Ailes, but the allegations don't involve O'Reilly. Allstate said support for women is a company value and it had also suspended advertising on the show.
Bill O'Reilly could be in growing danger of being fired, with new pressures on Fox News to release the right-wing host amid a growing sexual harassment scandal.
The auto company said its ads had been "reassigned", calling the NYT allegations "disturbing". Her lawsuit claims that Ailes - who O'Reilly has defended - would insist upon hello kisses before meetings and require her to bend over so he could look down her dress, reported the Associated Press. But Fox News has deep pockets and as long as it is in their economic interests to keep O'Reilly around, they'll keep pouring money into defending him.
Some of the "Killing" books have been adapted into made-for-TV films by National Geographic, which is part of the portfolio of cable channels of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox.