Hot-damn! Corporate sponsors of the Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor are fleeing in droves after The New York Times blew the lid off a story over the weekend about how the network and its star anchor Bill O’Reilly have dropped a whopping $13 million to at least five women to settle sexual harassment claims made against him over the years.
Mercedes-Benz was the first company to back out of its sponsorship of The O’Reilly Factor, the highest-rated prime-time show on cable news, on Monday. Since then, a parade of companies have lined up being the German automaker and marched out too. Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Constant Contact, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, UNTUCKit, Allstate, T. Rowe Price, GlaxoSmithKline, and Sanofi are about half of the companies have all pulled ads from the show as of this writing, according to CNN, which has been keeping a running tally. As of Tuesday evening, the count was nearing two dozen.
Meanwhile, the National Organization for Women on Tuesday called for Fox News to fire O’Reilly and demanded an independent investigation into the culture at Fox News be launched, according to The New York Times. And on of the women cited in the bombshell Times report, Wendy Walsh is speaking out. Walsh has accused O’Reilly of abruptly backing out of an offer to help her secure a regular spot on Fox News after she rebuffed his advances in 2013. Walsh opened up about the encounter and O’Reilly’s hostile reaction to her rejecting his advances. She said O’Reilly snapped at her and made fun of her purse after it became clear she was turning him down. O’Reilly, in a statement Watch complete video of her remarks below.
Tune in to our homepage Thursday morning at 9 a.m. for a live stream of the 8th Annual Women in the World Summit. Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox New anchor whose sexual harassment lawsuit led to the downfall of the network’s longtime chief Roger Ailes, will be onstage discussing her experience.
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