Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

21st Century Fox investigating O'Reilly harassment claims

Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly made a surprise announcement during the close of his show last night, saying that he is taking what he described as a pre-planned vacation from The O'Reilly Factor. In other words, according to an analysis by the ad-tracking firm, The O'Reilly has lost more than half its advertisers since The New York Times first reported the settlements less than two weeks.

He announced that he'd scheduled his trip "last fall" - well before the New York Times reported he paid millions to settle harassment claims.

Dr. Wendy Walsh - who was NOT among the five women to have received a financial settlement - told The New York Times that she turned down the so-called reporter's advances - and he therefore took back an offer to make her a Fox News contributor.

"Fox News co-president Bill Shine has been working hard to keep O'Reilly, sources said", Sherman continues.

It comes a day after Fox News's parent company 20th Century Fox confirmed it was investigating the allegations.

The women who made complaints about O'Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show. James Murdoch, an environmentalist and political moderate, clearly sees the writing on the wall and is attempting to drag his father's empire in the 21st century - and that means giving nasty bullies and misogynists like O'Reilly the boot as quickly as possible.

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However, Bloomberg counters with a report that Fox is planning for O'Reilly to return to the show after his vacation.

USA Today reports that the show had 3.7 million and 3.8 million views on Monday April 3, and Tuesday, April 4, respectively. Unless he fakes his death or publicly volunteers to be abducted by aliens so he can learn their secrets and return to the Earth in a few years to teach us about their advanced technology, everybody's going to know that he got fired.

The claims prompted 60 sponsors to drop their advertising deals with the prime time show and led to an internal investigation.

For what goal, Oliver wants to teach the president about what really defines sexual harassment and why he seems to be on the wrong side with Bill O'Reilly.

The O'Reilly Factor has been the most-watched program in the cable news landscape for 14 years, recently clocking its highest-rated quarter ever.

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