Was That Bill O'Reilly's Final Fox News Broadcast?

Danny Woods
April 20, 2017

O'Reilly, whose show is now dealing with an exodus of advertisers and a Fox investigation into a sexual harassment claim against the TV anchor, told his viewers that he takes vacation time "often around this time of year" and that he booked the trip last fall.

His show has been losing advertisers since The New York Times published an investigative exposé that revealed five women who alleged O'Reilly had sexually harassed or verbally abused them had received $13 million in payments in exchange for not pursuing litigation or speaking publicly about the accusations.

The O'Reilly uproar has reignited a problem Fox had hoped to contain after forcing out Fox News' founding boss Roger Ailes last summer in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Fox News' parent company also confirmed Sunday that it will investigate the harassment claims against O'Reilly.

Advertisers have been fleeing the show in droves in the week since the NY Times expose, with more than 60 companies including BMW, Hyundai and Mercedes refusing to run ads on "The O'Reilly Factor".

Bill O'Reilly told viewers he's going on vacation, saying everyone needs a little "R&R".

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According to Atty. Bloom, Mr. O'Reilly told Ms. Walsh during a dinner in Los Angeles in 2013 that he would recommend her for a paid contributor position on Fox. 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.

Around this time of year, O'Reilly said on his show, "I grab some vacation, because it's spring and Easter time".

The swift backlash has resulted in a drastic reduction in commercials during the primetime show, with paid ad time falling by more than 50 percent since April 1, according to Kantar Media.

"The O'Reilly Factor" has always been the most popular show on Fox News and ratings have been robust even during the mounting outrage against its host. An investigation by the state agency, Bloom contends, is the only probe that "can remedy the continued illegal conduct at Fox News".

President Trump has been bombarded with a minor backlash following his statements about the political commentator Bill O'Reilly who is facing numerous sexual harassment related cases, as reported. On Friday, the show included just seven spots totaling 4 minutes and 40 seconds, leaving free airtime Fox News has filled with extra content on O'Reilly's show. The former Fox News Chairman and CEO was allowed to resign after allegations and lawsuits charging sexual harassment over his two decades at the network he created. NYMag, for example, reported that there are claims from four "network sources" that O'Reilly's return still isn't guaranteed.

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