In news we’re sure no one saw coming, Fox News and Bill O’Reilly are facing yet another wash of sexual harassment claims.
On Saturday, April 1, The New York Times reported that five women received payments totaling roughly $13 million in what sounds an awful lot like hush money: They agreed to take the cash in exchange to not sue or discuss alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly denied the allegations, saying that his fame made him a target and that he had no human resources complaints ever filed against him … through the Fox News HR hotline, specifically. (No word on whether sexual harassment complaints were made to HR through email or a meeting, though, as far as we know.)
Since then, advertisers including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Hyundai, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Allstate, and several others have either pulled ads from The O’Reilly Factor or released statements saying they’re reviewing their options to do so, Variety reported.
It’s just the latest in a whole lot of sexual harassment complaints against Fox News, with other notable claims from Gretchen Carlson, Andrea Tantaros, and even Megyn Kelly making headlines in recent months. Hopefully, if the allegations are true, losing advertisers will finally spark some change … even though said change should have been sparked a long time ago.