Top Advertiser To Stay With O'Reilly Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

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On Friday, the Times reported that Diamond was among five women who have received payouts totaling about $13 million from O'Reilly and Fox News after they made claims of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.

21st Century Fox told the Times that O'Reilly "denies the merits of these claims", and Fox News executive vice president of advertising sales Paul Rittenberg said on Tuesday that the network is working with advertisers.

"It's all catching up with Bill O'Reilly and that sexual harassment enterprise at Fox [News]", she added, referencing the advertisers who have said they will not buy spots during O'Reilly's show The O'Reilly Factor.

That this happened while Roger Ailes was running Fox News is, unfortunately, not in the least surprising. But neither the company nor O'Reilly have addressed the matter since Saturday, when the New York Times first revealed the extent of settlements paid to O'Reilly's accusers.

Fox News paid O'Reilly $18 million in 2016, and his contract with the network expires this year. I guess, except of course, if it happens to be your friend, Bill O'Reilly, who is the one accused of sexually violating.

Trump's defense of O'Reilly was problematic, according to Waters, especially in light of the sexual harassment the president faced during the campaign.

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But O'Reilly, in a testament to his ratings dominance, has always been a magnet for premium advertisers.

Dozens of companies had pulled their advertisements from The O'Reilly Factor in the wake of the allegations. "All you say, whatever they ask, (is), Listen, those are important issues, but right now we're all focused on Syria, we're in the Oval Office trying to figure out how we respond to this heinous attack, and I'm not going to comment", Scarborough said.

This flurry of negative stories is also playing out against the backdrop of a federal investigation into how 21st Century Fox disclosed settlements to various women alleging sexual harassment.

"Fox News needs to fire Bill O'Reilly immediately", UltraViolet cofounder Shaunna Thomas said in a written statement disseminated to the press.

"She's supposed to be the one that's standing up for women", Waters forcefully said.

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