Bill O’Reilly Sets New Contract With Fox News Amid Sexual Harassment Controversy (Report)

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Fox News Channel has set a new contract with Bill O’Reilly, its most popular primetime personality, despite the swirl of sexual harassment allegations leveled at the longtime host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” according to a published report.

Word of O’Reilly’s new contract was reported by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, the same day the New York Times offered a detailed report of sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly and settlements reached with five women totaling $13 million.

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According to the Journal, O’Reilly personally paid out $10 million to settle those claims. O’Reilly has denied wrongdoing and said his high-profile in TV makes him a “target for those who would harm me and my employer.”

Reps for Fox News and O’Reilly declined to comment on the report of his new contract. In response to the New York Times story, Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox acknowledged in a statement that the company has discussed the harassment allegations with its star host.

“21st Century Fox takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously. Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O’Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O’Reilly,” the company said. “While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O’Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility. Mr. O’Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News.”

O’Reilly is among the highest-paid personalities in TV news, garnering an estimated $18 million a year on his most recent contract. His deal with Fox News had been set to expire at the end of this year.

O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. program is the anchor of Fox News’ successful primetime lineup. The show has long been the most-watched program in cable news, and it has seen its average viewership grow in recent months to nearly 4 million viewers amid the general increase in cable news viewership.

O’Reilly made waves earlier in the wake by commenting on-air that African-American congresswoman Maxine Waters was wearing a “James Brown wig.” The remark was swiftly condemned as racist, and the outcry prompted an apology from O’Reilly.

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  1. heyitsron says:

    Don’t understand all the hoopla over Maxine Waters’ hair. Thought it was a compliment to the late James Brown. I mean, who can get upset over the Godfather of Soul? Nitpicking, that’s what it is. Yes, “we feel good” every time we hear him sing. And his onstage acrobatics. The man is a living legend.

  2. discoperry says:

    why is james brown’s wig a racist?

    • dna says:

      because the snowflakes (who never tired of disparaging Bernie’s hair while they were creaming in their jeans to anoint madame Hillary) say it is

  3. noel says:

    So what does this exactly say about FOX that as long as there’s a pay out it’s okay to do what you do? So okay O’Reilly pays out ten million and gets back eighteen million a year. What does all this mean? O’Reilly sits there like some righteous king but we know his weakness now, all that glitters is not available so he pays for it. Big deal this is not news Bill, this says more about you than anyone else. We all know about hush money! Thanks for the news Bill but it’s yesterdays!

  4. Name (required) says:

    As usual, allegations with no backing make headlines, because if you’re not a leftist you’re automatically a racist, homophobic, chauvinist pig.

    We don’t need any evidence, we know you’re terrible because we’re morally superior to you so therefore we are automatically right.

    God I hate you people.

  5. Melissa says:

    Fox News the place to go work if ur sexual predator, Roger Ailes, now Bill O’Reilly goes along with the fake news they deliver. Wonder how they will spin it when Trump is impeached for being in bed with Putin.

  6. Arne Yoga says:

    Fox didn’t give O’Reilly a new, hefty contract despite harassment allegations against him, but BECAUSE of them.
    Trump didn’t get votes despite his racism, sexism, and stupid prejudices, he got votes BECAUSE of them.
    THIS is what is meant when both these yokles say “Make America Great Again”. It appeals to the lowest common denominators of hate and ignorance. There are too many with minds and souls in the sewer who long for the days when blacks and other minorities “knew their place” and could be lynched for sport with little to no repercussions (that’s why Obama’s presidency infuriated them so), they long for the days they could beat their wives and children into oblivion and the cops would merely shrug and walk away because it was “a family matter”, they long for the days they could openly grab women by the pus+y, not be wealthy and connected such as scumbags like Trump and STILL not get arrested or charged. The “great” America these lowest common denominators seek is of the lowest common denomination, meaning the absolute LOWEST and Worst of the masses.

  7. Steve says:

    Well, if they want to throw good money after bad, I guess that’s their right.

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