Just when the smoking hot news readers thought it was safe to go back into the staff meeting, our favorite right wing pervanator strikes again…
Between 20 and 50 advertisers have reportedly pulled out of “The O’Reilly Factor” after the latest round of O’Reilly’s sexual harassment saga unfolded in the New York Times.
What a perfect time for Tracy Thomas to strike while the harassment’s HOT!
Let’s take a little walk down Sexual Harassment Lane and revisit why little Billy and his little willy are where they are today. If you’re keeping score at home, O’Reilly has paid $10 million and Fox News $3 million to settle five cases in the last 15 years.
In 2011, Rebecca Gomez Diamond, a former host, was fired after she complained about O’Reilly’s actions. But it wasn’t just her word against his; she kept tapes. She left after signing a confidentiality agreement and getting a settlement out of Bill’s own pocket.
Last year, former Fox anchor Laurie Dhue settled for more than $1 million after she made harassment claims against O’Reilly and former Fox head dude Roger Ailes.
In 2004, producer Andrea Mackris, claimed O’Reilly told her to buy a vibrator and shared his fantasies about having sex with her. She alleged he threatened her to keep her mouth shut. Settling her suit for $9 million made that easier to accomplish.
In September, Fox settled with Juliet Huddy for $1.6 million after she claimed O’Reilly pursued sex with her in 2011. After she allegedly refused, O’Reilly hit her over the head with a glass ceiling and blocked her career.
Andrea Tantaros, sued Fox and O’Reilly and has reportedly turned down a $1 million settlement offer.
Wendy Walsh, once a regular guest on The Factor, told the Times that “after she rebuffed O’Reilly’s advances he failed to get her a promised job as a network contributor.”
At least two other women reportedly have told similar stories but have not yet settled.
Sheesh, O’Reilly’s starting to make Bill Cosby look like an amateur.
Sans all the rapey stuff.
BMW, Bayer, Lexus and Allstate are among the biggest names to pull out.
In a statement, Bayer said, “Bayer supports a safe, respectful and non-abusive environment for women and we have reached out to Fox to voice our concerns regarding this matter. Based on the serious nature of these allegations, we have made the decision to suspend all advertising on the program in question.”
Allstate said, “We are concerned about the issues surrounding the program and we have suspended our advertising.”
Also, meeting in the unisex bathroom to wash the ick off their hands are:
Rachael Ray’s pet food brand, Nutrish
T. Rowe Price
and the Society for Human Resources Management.
Bill O’Reilly gave a statement to the Times which suggested his fame and controversial viewpoints made him a target of opportunistic people. No, Bill, people who can’t keep it in their pants become targets.
“But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so, I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”
Sure, you do, Bill.
Another way to spare your children is to spare these women…
If your well-coiffed scribe were to opine, Rupert Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, are in charge of things now. They come from a different generation, they understand the severity of the sexual harassment allegations.
I expect we’ll see a change, sooner than later. And if we do, it couldn’t happen to a better guy who deserves it more.