Bill O'Reilly Announces He's Going on Vacation Amid Sexual Harassment Controversy

In the month prior to the Times report, "O'Reilly Factor" carried an average of 33 national ads totaling more than 14 minutes in an average broadcast, according to data from Kantar Media.

Nearly two weeks ago The New York Times broke the news O'Reilly and Fox News had paid five women about $13 million after they accused him of sexual harassment and related issues.

O'Reilly insisted during his program that his trip was scheduled "last fall".

Interestingly, one unnamed Fox News employee reportedly said that the network will find a way for O'Reilly to "exit in a non-embarrassing way" if he does get axed, but that seems virtually impossible at this point.

One source close to the matter told CNN that Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman, might keep O'Reilly on air, but Murdoch's son James, 21st Century Fox CEO, is not keen to do that.

Public Advocate Letitia James is calling for investigations into Fox News and Bill O'Reilly, following allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination at the network.

The firebrand conservative commentator's vacation announcement came as about 60 companies said they would not advertise on his show after multiple women claimed O'Reilly sexually harassed them. Once O'Reilly's show ends the network can then show those ads that they're not allowed to show during his actual program, because nobody wants to be associated with a serial sexual harasser, which is what Bill O'Reilly is.

They did not receive pay outs, and Tantaros is now in a legal battle with Fox News and former CEO Roger Ailes, who was forced to resign in July after another sexual harassment scandal. Walsh and O'Reilly had dinner in Los Angeles in 2013, but when Walsh refused his invitation to go back to his hotel room, his attitude changed and she was soon dropped from the show, according to Walsh.

But a new report indicates that this may become a permanent vacation for the serial sexual harasser. However, he had denied any wrongdoing in a statement and said his popularity made him vulnerable to those who wanted to harm him or his employer. Instead, Trump said he should have "taken it all the way", presumably in court.

"I think that's Fox successfully reaching out to and is bringing in some direct-response advertisers - advertisers who don't care about programming, who are more sensitive about cost", said Swallen.

  • Salvatore Jensen