Maxine Waters: Bill O'Reilly 'needs to go to jail'

"Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled", Trump said, suggesting O'Reilly should have fought the lawsuits in court. The beverage company stopped the ads and dropped Ludacris, citing consumer complaints about his profane and violent lyrics.

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 such as "Hannity", or "Tucker Carlson Tonight".

President Trump has, to little surprise, come to Bill O'Reilly's defense after 7 women accused the Fox News host of sexual harassment.

Roger Ailes, 76, who created Fox News from scratch in 1996 at the request of Rupert Murdoch, boss of the News Corp media group, was forced to resign in July 2016.

Maxine Waters (R-CA) was asked by show host Chris Hayes to react to President Donald Trump's response to a question about sexual harassment charges aimed at Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly in an interview earlier in the day.

O'Reilly, a conservative commentator who hosts the cable network's top-rated show, has been the subject of a series of sexual harassment allegations over the years, leading to payouts totaling nearly $13 million, The New York Times reported over the weekend. I think she either advised him wrong or she is absent.

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents one of the women who has gone public with her sexual harassment claims against O'Reilly, called Mr Trump's comments "disgusting". Lisa Bloom, the lawyer for one of O'Reilly's accusers, has called for an independent investigation of Fox News.

Trump has faced similar sexual harassment claims going back decades, allegations that crescendoed on the campaign trail past year when a number of women emerged with new harassment claims against the then-GOP nominee. The Fox Business Network host who, after Fox failed to renew her contract, reportedly went to the company with incriminating recordings.

FILE - In this October 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in NY.

In an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, the president described O'Reilly as "a good person".

Once the congresswoman started, it was hard to stop her rant about O'Reilly and the allegations that have been leveled against him.

O'Reilly has not addressed the Times report on air.

  • Salvatore Jensen