Advertisers are fleeing Bill O'Reilly, but viewers aren't

Last week, the New York Times released a series of investigative reports detailing a history of sexual harassment charges leveled against Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. According to The New York Times, O'Reilly engaged in "verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted comments" and "phone calls in which it sounded as if [he] was masturbating".

Of course, the visual of seeing an innocent, fragile person being beaten and dragged against their will is nothing new for the Fox host.

Is Bill O'Reilly getting out of Dodge until a sexual harassment controversy blows over?

The conservative Fox News host, now embroiled in a raging sexual harassment controversy, took to his show "The O'Reilly Factor" to comment on the disturbing video of a security personnel violently removing an Asian doctor off a United Airlines plane after the company overbooked the flight - and he could not keep a straight face.

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. "Last fall I booked a trip that should be terrific". O'Reilly is expected to return to the air on Monday, April 24, according to the spokesperson.

The top-rated news cable channel in the country, Fox News also recently suffered a black eye when founding Chairman Roger Ailes was forced to resign in the wake of a series of harassment allegations similar to those now faced by O'Reilly. Like before, it features the "Catheter Cowboy", who starts speaking about catheter tips before slipping in an educational message for the president. In a statement, O'Reilly denied wrongdoing and said his high profile in TV made him a "target for those who would harm me and my employer".

"I believe that Bill O'Reilly sexually harassed Wendy Walsh", he told host Joy Reid.

The hashtag prompted people to come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment by their coworkers, fueling the fire burning around O'Reilly's show and shedding light on the spectrum and prominence of harassment in the workplace.

  • Salvatore Jensen