The New York Times discovered in a recent investigation that Fox News had settled multiple sexual harassment suits for prominent host Bill O’Reilly over the span of his career. Not only did they settle these suits, but they covered them up in order to keep them from leaking to the public. But this is all coming back to bite Fox News in the ass because the decision to keep Bill O’Reilly on staff is costing them millions as major companies have pulled advertising from the network.
Adding to the pressure, the National Organization for Women has called for O’Reilly to be fired and wants an independent investigation into the ethics of the network’s questionable business practices. President of NOW, Terri O’Neil, said in a statement:
Fox News is too big and too influential to simply let this go.”
Fox released a statement which was obviously meant to placate their viewers stating that they are working with their “partners” to “address their current concerns about ‘The O’Reilly Factor,’” but they have now lost over 60 major advertisers, which has forced them to launch a full-scale investigation into the allegations against O’Reilly.
21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, confirmed on Sunday night that will conduct an investigation into one of the most recent sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly. The investigation comes after Wendy Walsh, a former frequent guest on Bill’s show, “The O’Reilly Factor”, phoned in a complaint last week to the network’s workplace misconduct hotline.
21st Century Fox released a statement:
21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters.”
Paul Weiss is the same law firm that conducted the investigation of claims filed by host Gretchen Carlson against former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Ailes, who knew he wasn’t getting away with his disgusting conduct, resigned just mere days after the investigation against him started. We can probably expect O’Reilly to run away with his tail between his legs like Ailes did. I hope he pays dearly for this.
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