Rep. Waters Thinks O'Reilly Should Be Jailed For Sexual Harassment

O'Reilly and Waters have sparred over the years, and now she's seen enough of the sexual harassment allegations levied against O'Reilly to believe that the conservative commentator shouldn't just be fired by Fox News, but that he belongs behind bars.

O'Reilly is known as the titular host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel, and this is not his first time to face such issues.

Trump's defense of O'Reilly also didn't sit well with Rebecca Gomez Diamond, who is a former Fox host and one of the women to receive a sexual harassment settlement.

Ending O'Reilly's show without evidence his appeal is dwindling carries a risk: It could ignite a backlash among fans.

Wayfair confirmed to BostInno on Tuesday that it would no longer be running ads during 'The O'Reilly Factor.' The company did not respond to a request for comment from Boston.com.

In response to the Times report, O'Reilly's said Saturday that he is "vulnerable to lawsuits" because of his high-profile job.

It was reported through The New York Times that a total of $13 million dollars in settlements had been reached with five women who accused Bill O'Reilly of inappropriate behavior. Paul Rittenberg, the network's executive vice president of advertising sales, said earlier this week that the ad buys of the clients to raise concerns about "The O'Reilly Factor" "have been re-expressed into other FNC programs".

In this combination photo, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., left, appears at the Justice on Trial Film Festival on October 20, 2013, in Los Angeles and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly appears on the set of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor", on October 1, 2015 in NY.

After the allegations, Rice said on MSNBC that she has done nothing wrong and that the claims are "absolutely false". "I can not be thought to be afraid of Bill O'Reilly or anybody".

"I wonder why women at the network would take that particularly seriously", he said. If advertisers are serious about confronting sexual harassment, they must stop financially supporting a company that has shown little desire to resolve its toxic culture of harassment. Together, they've allegedly paid out more than $13 million to keep those women quiet, but now that word is out, dozens of advertisers have pulled their money from The O'Reilly Factor.

The problem of workplace sexual harassment certainly isn't unique to O'Reilly or Fox News. An initial statement from 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, was supportive of Mr O'Reilly.

In this combination photo, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., left, appears at the Justice on Trial Film Festival on October 20, 2013, in Los Angeles and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly appears on the set of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor", on October 1, 2015 in NY.

  • Salvatore Jensen