Fox News’ host Bill O’Reilly has lost more than 40 advertisers on his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” following recent sexual harassment allegations.
The New York Times reported that “the company [Fox] has repeatedly stood by Mr. O’Reilly as he faced a series of allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior.”
Together, the Fox News network and O’Reilly have paid out $13 million in settlement fees to five women.
President Donald Trump commented on the issue recently, saying O’Reilly is “a good person,” and adding, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
O’Reilly has denied the allegations.
So far, the following companies have reportedly pulled their ads from the show:
- Jenny Craig
- H&R Block
- Constant Contact
- T. Rowe Price
- Ainsworth Pet Nutrition
- Credit Karma
- Bayer (including Claritin)
- The Wonderful Company (POM)
- The Society for Human Resource Management
- Coldwell Banker
- Voya Financial
- Bausch + Lomb
- ODFL Inc.
- Amica Insurance
- Consumer Cellular
- Pacific Life
- Stanley Steemer
- The Propane Council
- Southern New Hampshire University
- Reddi Wip
- Bamboo HR
- Eli Lilly
- Land Rover
Jenny Craig, Inc. nutrition company made the following public statement:
“As an organization, Jenny Craig condemns any and all forms of sexual harassment. As a matter of corporate policy, we do not publicly comment on our advertising strategy. We are constantly evaluating our media buys to maximize the efficiency of our corporate investment and effectively reach our target audience. However, we can confirm that we have suspended all ads on ‘The O’Reilly Factor.'”
Fox News Channel has said it is working to resolve the issue.
“We value our partners and are working with them to address their current concerns about ‘The O’Reilly Factor,'” Fox News Channel’s (FNC) executive vice president of advertising sales Paul Rittenberg said. “At this time, the ad buys of those clients have been re-expressed into other FNC programs.”
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