Is Bill O'Reilly's reign over at Fox News?

The embattled host of "The O'Reilly Factor" announced to viewers Tuesday night that he is taking a vacation of almost two weeks. Still, O'Reilly himself has maintained that the allegations of sexual harassment are false.

Fox News parent, 21st Century Fox will investigate the sexual harassment claims, the lawyer of one of his accusers said on Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources.

Fox News windbag Bill O'Reilly is now embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal wherein at least five women have allegedly received payouts totaling $13 million over the past five years in exchange for their silence.

Wendy Walsh, a regular guest on O'Reilly's show, told the Times the cable TV anchor retracted a lucrative role as a Fox contributor after she rebuffed his sexual advances in 2013. That's another allegation that's come out recently, but because the network did nothing to curb Bill O'Reilly's behavior, to punish Bill O'Reilly for this, they also could be held liable for putting women in such a hostile work environment knowing full well what could potentially happen to them because Bill O'Reilly is basically on the same level as a sexual predator.

According to New York Magazine, Fox News confirmed that O'Reilly is set to return on April 24, but four network sources say there's talk of removing O'Reilly for good.

Mercedes-Benz was the first advertiser to pull its support and was followed by dozens more, including Subaru, BMW, Lexus, Advil, Bayer, Jenny Craig and Ancestry.com.

"Around this time of year, grab some vacation because it's spring and Easter time", he said in his "Tip of the Day" segment Tuesday night. "Last fall, I booked a trip that should be terrific", he said.

Despite assurances of his return, an abrupt mid-week vacation coming as an advertising boycott has claimed over 60 sponsors creates obvious questions about O'Reilly's future with the network. More than 3.71 million people watched the program last week, a 12 percent jump from the audience O'Reilly drew the week before, and up 28 percent from the same week in 2016, the Nielsen company said, according to the Associated Press.

If you believe Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, he's just going on a preplanned vacation.

O'Reilly has shrugged off the controversy and he dismissed the allegations against him in a statement that said his fame makes him "vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity".

Long Fox News' top-rated star, O'Reilly has seen his ratings rise even higher during the past year with the public's heightened interest in politics.

  • Salvatore Jensen