O'Reilly's Ratings Soar Despite Sex Harassment Charges

Bill O'Reilly signed off The O'Reilly Factor on Tuesday night, telling viewers that he is about to take a pre-planned vacation.

Other women who made allegations against O'Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show and have complained about behavior such as verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if O'Reilly was masturbating, the New York Times reported.

He announced that he'd scheduled his trip "last fall" - well before the New York Times reported he paid millions to settle harassment claims.

While 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch wants O'Reilly fired, his father, Rupert, and older brother, Lachlan, who ousted Roger Ailes, want him to continue hosting the show.

Despite Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment allegations, Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor viewership is climbing.

Over two dozen companies - including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW and Allstate - have pulled advertisements from the Fox show in light of accusations against O'Reilly.

Fox News executives may be talking about giving Bill O'Reilly the boot.

The current plan is for O'Reilly to return April 24. Four weeks before the bombshell Times article, The O'Reilly Factor averaged 33 commercials during the program, totaling 14 minutes, 32 seconds. "I'll have a full report when I return".

The company recently upped O'Reilly's contract and, NYT, in its report, said some of the payments were made since Ailes' exit.

No one has filed a complaint about O'Reilly with the company's human resources department over the more than 20 years he has been at Fox News Channel, the host said in an 1 April statement. In fact, it's so bad that advertisements for the program have dropped nearly 70% since the end of March. "Put it to good use?" Independent studies show he generates more than $100 million in advertising revenue per year for TV's top-rated cable news network. "I shouldn't be laughing, but it's just so freaky", says O'Reilly. But O'Reilly's future is in the hands of the Murdochs.

21st Century Fox responded to the Times report earlier this month, saying in a statement it "denies the merits of these claims".

"I think he's a person I know well. Because you should have taken it all the way", the President said.

  • Salvatore Jensen