More than 20 advertisers drop O'Reilly over sex harassment claims

  • More than 20 advertisers drop O'Reilly over sex harassment claims

More than 20 advertisers drop O'Reilly over sex harassment claims

At a Los Angeles news conference Monday, lawyer Lisa Bloom detailed allegations against O'Reilly by Wendy Walsh, a regular guest on The O'Reilly Factor.

In a statement on the O'Reilly controversy on Tuesday, Fox said it was working to address the concerns of advertisers, noting that the companies in question had diverted their funds into other Fox News content.

More companies, including carmaker BMW and insurer Allstate, have pulled their advertising from Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" television program days after the New York Times reported Fox and star host Bill O'Reilly paid five women to settle claims he sexually harassed them.

Hyundai said it now had no ads on The O'Reilly Factor, but it pulled spots on future episodes.

"As a company we seek to partner with companies and programming that share our values of inclusion and diversity", Hyundai said.

Over the course of Bill O'Reilly's career with Fox News, there have been numerous allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women.

The O'Reilly Factor, which draws nearly four million viewers a night, generated more than $446 million in advertising revenue from 2014 through 2016, according to the research firm Kantar Media.

The advertising revolt against O'Reilly comes less than a year after a sexual harassment suit was filed by Gretchen Carlson against Fox News's then-chairman Roger Ailes. And she said Fox never looked into her charges.

O'Reilly has not directly responded to the substance of Walsh's depiction of this episode but issued a more general statement saying no women had filed complaints through the network's human resources department.

But the scandal has not died down, and a number of individuals and organizations are now calling on Fox News to fire Bill O'Reilly.

"The O'Reilly Factor" is Fox News' most watched program and is coming off the highest-rated first quarter in its history, averaging 4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

The South Korean firm is "reallocating them (to other Fox programs) due to the recent and disturbing allegations", a statement read. Walmart, Geico, CVS and Procter and Gamble were among the major companies that pulled ads off Beck's show, which had quickly become one of the most popular in cable news after its 2009 debut. "Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News".

O'Neill linked the multiple allegations against O'Reilly with the allegations against Roger Ailes, which famously resulted in the Fox News chief leaving Fox while still denying the allegations against him.

"The O'Reilly Factor" still airs weekdays on Fox News.

The claims were exposed by a New York Times investigation that surfaced five sexual harassment cases that were made against the political commentator. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.

The claims made against O'Reilly include one from a former on-air talent who said she was propositioned by the anchor and suffered recriminations and a loss of opportunities within Fox News after turning him down.