Former Fox anchor: Harassment is pervasive

O'Reilly denied the allegations by the five women-two of whom had previously made headlines when reports of their cases surfaced-who received settlements for agreements to avoid litigation or any mention of their claims, including allegations that he'd made vulgar comments, unwanted sexual advances and phone calls while masturbating, according to the Times investigation.

"I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person", Trump told the New York Times, adding, "I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled. I don't think Bill did anything wrong", Trump said.

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

NEW YORK (AP) — The rapid defection of advertisers this week from Bill O'Reilly's show because of sexual harassment allegations raises what once seemed an unthinkable question: Can O'Reilly survive at Fox News Channel? A growing advertiser boycott is threatening O'Reilly as never before. "They need to go to jail".

"If Paula Zahn doesn't think she's there partially because she's a good-looking babe, then she's in never-never land", O'Reilly said.

Representatives for 21st Century Fox, Fox News' parent company, released a statement saying it had addressed the issue with the network's star. "Fox News is too big and too influential to simply let this go".

Initially a sometime critic of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, O'Reilly and fellow Fox host Sean Hannity have become nonstop nightly Trump advocates and attack dogs toward the President's critics. The Tuesday night audience of 3.76 million was up 20% on the previous Tuesday as people tuned in to see if O'Reilly would comment on the New York Times story and advertiser fallout.

"They're not going to stop watching Hannity because of Roger Ailes", Bozell said. O'Reilly has said the claims against him have no merit.

That approach is similar to the one the company adopted during Ailes' struggles last summer, which culminated with him being sued by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson for harassment. The Times reported that some women complained about phone calls in which it sounded like O'Reilly was masturbating.

Instead, Murdoch put Ailes' old deputies in charge "and they haven't missed a beat", said Jonathan Klein, former CNN president. More advertisers have joined the list of defectors from Foxs The OReilly Factor show bringing the total to around 20. Other Fox male executives have been accused of inappropriate behavior, as well, in a corporate culture former female employees say tolerates sexual harassment and other sexual offenses and intimidates claimants.

"At some point, even the most popular TV personalities are expendable", said Cornell's Jacobson.

"It's a stunningly fast fall - and one that suggests there may be some kind of sea change in how women who allege sexual harassment by powerful men are treated", Ms. Kruger continued. Mr Trump this week spoke out in Mr O'Reilly's defence.

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