O'Reilly, ex-Fox chief are hit with more sex harassment allegations
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 19:03
Five more advertisers pulled out of Bill O'Reilly's Fox News show Tuesday over his history of sexual harassment cases, after two started the exodus a day earlier.
AllState: The insurance company said "Inclusivity and support for women are important Allstate values".
Hyundai said early Tuesday that it is not now advertising on "The O'Reilly Factor" but will remove upcoming ads because of the "recent and disturbing allegations".
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Who has come forward against Bill O'Reilly and what have they said? CNN media reporter Dylan Byers went on CNN's "The Lead" Tuesday and said these companies "very much are organically pulling their ads". Asked if the national decision was related to the allegations, she said: "No, we regularly adjust our media buying based on our business needs and did not have anything planned beyond Q1 on Fox News". "Fox News apparently doesn't get that basic concept". "Killing the Rising Sun", the latest installment of the series about the United States' bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - has been on the New York Times' best seller list for 28 weeks.
Brandi, the network's top lawyer, also stands accused of doing nothing after being informed in the fall of 2014 that Judith Slater, then the company's comptroller, had created a racist work environment in a lawsuit filed by three African-American employees of Fox News.
GlaxoSmithKline said it had "temporarily put a hold" on ads on O'Reilly's show while it reviews the situation. In addition to these auto manufacturers, CNN reports four other companies have also pulled advertising from The O'Reilly Factor. We do not buy specific shows, including the O'Reilly Factor.
Most other advertisers have yet to say whether they will remain with the program.
Fox News has moved to contain the fallout from the weekend's developments, distributing an internal memo to colleagues urging them to report any such behavior, with Kevin Lord - the network's head of HR saying: "Particularly in light of some of the accounts published over the last few days, I wanted to re-emphasize the message we have been conveying at our training sessions for several months".
"On this program tonight, we will not insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise", Lemon said on his show.
But even if O'Reilly's viewers stick around, the anchor's presence on the network could become a troubling reminder of the mounting legal challenges facing Fox News, which has been shaken by sexual harassment complaints since former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against the network's former chief executive, Roger Ailes, in July.
The O'Reilly Factor, which draws nearly four million viewers a night, generated more than $446 million in advertising revenue from 2014 through 2016, according to the research firm Kantar Media.
Bloom said O'Reilly had told Walsh he would recommend her for a paid contributor role on the network.
The company removed Ailes and has investigated sexual harassment claims that occurred under his watch, resulting in multiple settlements with female employees.