“The O’Reilly Factor” losing scores of major advertisers over harrassment claims

Saturday the New York Times revealed that five women who filed sexual harrassment charges against Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly have been paid a total of $13 million in settlement fees.

In response, major advertisers have started jumping ship from the O’Reilly factor.  CNN reported Tuesday evening that, to date, 18 companies have cancelled their ads from the program.

The cancelled companies include:  Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Constant Contact, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Orkin, UNTUCKit, Allstate, Esurance owned by Allstate), T. Rowe Price, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Credit Karma, Wayfair and TrueCar.

Fox News VP of advertising, Paul Rittenberg, released a statement saying, “We value our partners and are working with them to address their current concerns about the O’Reilly Factor. At this time, the ad buys of those clients have been re-expressed into other FNC programs.”

H/T: The Hill

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