As his show came to a close on Tuesday evening, “The O’Reilly Factor” host announced on-air that he will be taking nearly two weeks off from work.
“Around this time of year, I grab some vacation because it’s spring and Easter time,” Bill O’Reilly told his viewers, noting that the trip was pre-planned. “Last fall, I booked a trip that should be terrific. Not going to tell you where it is but…I’ll have a full report when I return.”
However, more than 70 advertisers have left the show since news reports revealed that approximately $13 million has been paid out by either Fox or O’Reilly to settle the sexual harassment cases against him. O’Reilly’s show is reported to be Fox’s most profitable program.
The problems for O’Reilly began in ernest when Wendy Walsh, a former recurring guest on “The O’Reilly Factor,” called the network’s workplace misconduct hotline last week to complain about the host’s behavior.
Walsh’s lawyer, former NBC contributor Lisa Bloom, sent a letter on Tuesday to the state Division of Human Rights, claiming that Fox News’ workplace is a “cesspool of sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation” and should be investigated by the state.
It’s been reported that Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, will investigate the sexual harassment claim.
It’s expected that O’Reilly will return from his trip to host the show on April 24th.
H/T: NY Daily News
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