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


"Put it to good use", he told his viewers on Tuesday's episode of "The O'Reilly Factor", Variety reported. "Last fall I booked a trip that should be terrific, not going to tell you where it is, but we have a contest on"

O'Reilly's announcement on his Fox News Channel show, The O'Reilly Factor, came amid sponsor defections over a report of harassment allegations made against him.

Although New York Magazine's sources say network co-president Bill Shine was attempting to save O'Reilly, the matter rests exclusively on the shoulders of the Murdoch family, which includes Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox News, and James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox CEO.

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.

In response to this scandal, a growing number of advertisers have pulled their sponsorship of The O'Reilly Factor. In the wake of Trump's election, tolerance for sexual harassment and misogyny is at an all time low and corporations are being held to account for their support of anyone deemed to be an offender.

Tuesday night, O'Reilly told viewers, "I grab some vacation, because it's spring and Easter time".

Bloom's client, Wendy Walsh, accused O'Reilly of breaking a promise to get her a job at Fox News after she rejected his unprofessional advances. Just ask Fox News (which, according to The New York Times, has settled the claims of five women for $13 million) how that strategy has worked out for it. 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.

O'Reilly on Tuesday announced a vacation until April 24.

No one in the Murdoch family has spoken out about O'Reilly to date. One source close to the matter said their understanding is that Rupert, the Executive Chairman, would like to keep O'Reilly on air, while his son James, the Chief Executive Officer, is opposed to that idea. But that uptick does not necessarily mean that advertisers who left "The O'Reilly Factor" are returning.

"Because you should have taken it all the way; I don't think Bill did anything wrong", the President said, mere days after announcing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.



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