Bill O’Reilly Stays Silent on Advertiser Defections From ‘The O’Reilly Factor’

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Bill O’Reilly did not address the wave of advertiser defections that have hit his top-rated Fox News Channel program during Tuesday’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Over the past two days, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW and more than a dozen other blue-chip advertisers have withdrawn spots from the show amid the scandal over sexual harassment allegations leveled at the veteran Fox News host.

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Tuesday’s episode included no less than 15 promo spots for Fox News’ sibling Fox Business Network channel. The most prominent national advertiser in Fox News’ authenticated live stream of the show (which featured different spots from the linear broadcast) was AT&T, which ran three corporate image-burnishing spots during the hourlong seg. Home Depot also had a spot in the final break. There were seven ads for financial services firm Voya.

Fox News acknowledged the advertiser pullouts in a statement from a senior advertising sales exec.

“We value our partners and are working with them to address their current concerns about ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’ At this time, the ad buys of those clients have been re-expressed into other FNC programs,” Paul Rittenberg, Fox News’ exec VP of advertising sales.

The bulk of Tuesday’s “O’Reilly Factor” was devoted to examining the question of whether former Obama administration National Security Advisor Susan Rice ordered the “unmasking” of the names of Americans found in contact with foreign intelligence targets in surveillance collected by the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency. O’Reilly and guests dug into the latest information about Rice and parsed her recent statements on the matter, including the interview she gave to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday.

O’Reilly’s alleged history of inappropriate behavior with female co-workers was the subject of an expose in Saturday’s edition of the New York Times. The Times reported that O’Reilly and Fox News have reached settlements with five women totaling at least $13 million. O’Reilly has said the claims had no merit but were settled to protect his children.

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  1. FemaleNewsy says:

    Anyone who has ever worked with O’Reilly knows he is a nasty bully . It isn’t about his politics. He harasses women all the time and exacts revenge on anyone he thinks is an enemy. He has been protected by the Fox guys for years. He lost every job before he got to Fox because he was so horrible to work with. Its no secret that he is a very bad dude.

  2. Yats says:

    No merit meanwhile he chose to settle bc she had recordings if all his vile crap.

  3. Let’s talk Susan Rice. Where is the ACLU on here abuse in surveillance of citizens?

    • Steve says:

      “Let’s talk Susan Rice.”

      Let’s don’t. I’m not a right winger, so I’d rather not bang on about how eeeeevil one of their designated villains is.

  4. tripledipper says:

    Just another Right Wing POS doing what RightvWing POS’s do.

  5. Lisa says:

    If he knew what to say and how to properly conduct himself, he wouldn’t be in this situation in the first place.

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  7. CJB says:

    Hey, any time O’Reilly keeps his yap shut, it’s a good day!

  8. Cow Girl Diva says:

    Why don’t you cover something important…..like the LIES from the Dems, the deliberate undermining of our government and President Trump and the constant LIES from the Lame Stream Media..!

    • Lisa says:

      Trump doesn’t need anyone to undermine him, he’s doing fine on his own.

    • The Truth says:

      If you don’t think it’s important for a premier entertainment media publication to cover the repeated inappropriate sexist behavior of the biggest star on FNN, you’re a rather dim bulb. But you make that absolutely clear when you blame the government and the media for undermining our government. Trump and his “finely tuned machine” of clueless cronies have that job all wrapped up.

    • Steve says:

      Trump is the worst liar ever.

  9. SPIKE says:

    Really? You hypocrites. How much criminality on of the so-called liberals (really crypto-fascists) are you guys silent about?

    • The Truth says:

      You seriously need to develop some new material, Spike. Aren’t you tired by now of always calling Variety hypocrites? Don’t you have anything better to do? Besides, everyone who hasn’t drunk the Kool Aid knows the fascists are in the White House now.

  10. Sct says:

    Omg so what. Every high school has girls that get pregnant does that mean all females are smart. Or some are just dumb enough to be made fools of. Here kid want some candy.

  11. Dave J says:

    Continue to watch a network that sexually harasses women in the workplace therefore you are condoning the practice in itself.

    • Kaboom! says:

      And I am sure you watch 2,4, and 7….all networks that continually encourage sexual harassment of everyone, everywhere. You Dave J are a hypocrite. Now have a liberal tantrum and bang your head against the wall until it pops.

      • The Truth says:

        You appear to be the one having a tantrum, Kaboom. You’re head must be continually exploding these days as Trump and his team continually demonstrate how incompetent they are. Perhaps that explains why you can’t make an intelligent comment.

      • Steve says:

        Nothing is more meaningless than calling someone a hypocrite on the Internet.

  12. paulg says:

    This has to do with television ratings and advertising, definitely part of the Variety beat.

    • Dave J says:

      You got nothing to be proud about if you are a regular viewer of a news station that condones the practice of sexually harassing women in the workplace.

  13. WakeUp says:

    I think the ostrich defense, also known as sticking your head in the sand and trying to ignore what is happening, it’s so befitting of O’Reilly and Fox.

    • Dave J says:

      Actually, many of Fox viewers don’t even care since it is the network after all that tells it’s Republican viewers what they want to hear.

  14. tlsnyder42 says:

    Why does Variety care about this? it didn’t care about Paula Jones or Juanita Broderick and Hillary Clinton’s harassment of these and other women her husband, Bill, encountered. Apparently, concerns about sexual harassment and rape are only important when Republicans or “conservative” leaders are involved.

    • The Truth says:

      How dense can you be? Variety cares about this because Fox News is part of its television beat, and Bill O’Reilly is Fox’s biggest cash cow.

      And you’re talking out of your ass when you say Variety didn’t cover Bill Clinton’s scandalous behavior. Simply not so, even though Clinton didn’t work for a television network.

      In any case, the issue isn’t whether or not Variety’s coverage is biased. It’s about O’Reilly’s serial sexual harassment of women in the workplace. It’s been common knowledge inside the industry for years that Fox has payed out millions in hush money to keep O’Reilly’s inappropriate behavior under wraps.

    • Dave J says:

      Oh…yeah. And you condone the practice of sexual harassment as long as it’s done in Fox News!

    • Dave J says:

      Is Bill O’Reilly not a public person! Did Bill Clinton have his own show too?

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