Ten companies are pulling advertisements from Bill O'Reilly's primetime cable program on Fox News following a Saturday report that the host paid $13 million to five women who accused him over the years of sexual harassment. He made no mention of the case on his show.
While it's not clear if 21st Century Fox has any plans to actually fire Bill O'Reilly, the New York Times reported that the company took steps to exert stronger control over his behavior, including stipulations in a recent contract extension. That was due in large part to Fox News and O'Reilly, the network's top host.
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. She said Ailes would insist upon a kiss hello at their meetings, requiring her to bend over so he could look down her dress.
Fox News cut Beck loose once the show became economically unfeasible. The exit of the former president of the network, Roger Ailes was as a result of a sexual harassment related scandal.
Representatives for Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox did not immediately answer questions.
But if O'Reilly, 67, can not survive the cascading tide of advertiser defections, the negative impact on Fox News Channel's ratings - highest in all of cable TV - would be significant.
The allegations aren't Fox News' only headache. And most advertisers are placing their commercials on different Fox News programs, not withdrawing altogether.
"Shine and other senior executives kept Ailes' conduct secret and enabled it", said the lawsuit, filed in state court.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) has put out a call for Fox News to fire Bill O'Reilly over the recent accusations that he sexually harassed several women at the network.
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Lisa Bloom represents Wendy Walsh, a regular guest on Fox's 'The O'Reilly Factor, ' whose appearances dried up after she refused to go to O'Reilly's bedroom following a 2013 dinner in Los Angeles.
"While it's hard to tell what the facts are, the allegations are disturbing", Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman Donna Boland said.
Thus far, O'Reilly has not addressed the controversy on his show.
"The spoof gets sillier: "'In all of America, ' O'Reilly said, "have there ever been two men who are more clearly equipped to discuss what women want, even when they clearly don't want it and need a little, coaxing?'"
She said she is not bound by any such agreement and the statute of limitations has passed for her to sue.
"Nobody can silence me because my voice is not for sale", Walsh said, according to the Associated Press.