Advertisers flee Bill O'Reilly's show but impact unclear

O'Reilly has denied any wrongdoing, saying in a statement that he "put to rest any controversies" regarding sexual harassment at Fox News in order to "spare my children".

After The New York Times published an investigation over the weekend showing that O'Reilly and Fox have paid out $13 million in settlements in sexual harassment cases with five separate women, news has been rolling in that advertisers are dropping off O'Reilly's show left and right. Trump said of O'Reilly, "I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person", and weighed in on the allegations by adding, "I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled". The crucial point: He doesn't think the 67-year-old anchor did anything wrong and says O'Reilly shouldn't have settled.

Lemon said he would address the story, but said "There is no evidence that backs up the president's original claim" of being spied on by former President Barack Obama, and that he, Lemon, would not "aid and abet the people who are trying to misinform you, the American people, by creating a diversion".

Trump definitely is helping to raise awareness about sexual assault, but in the worst way possible: by defending a rich, powerful man accused of sexual harassment, and reminding the whole world of his own slew of allegations, as well. "And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything".

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CNN commentator Don Lemon and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly are going at each other on Twitter.

"I think they are unfounded just based on what I've read", Trump said of the accusations against Ailes. Besides these political smears, the group alleged that "O'Reilly has used his position of power on the network to prey on vulnerable women and attempt to force himself sexually on them - harassing subordinates with disgusting phone calls and threatening to fire them for not giving in to his lewd and misogynistic advances".

Henry Holt, the publisher of O'Reilly's new book "Old School", has said it has "no comment at this time" on the allegations against its author.

  • Adam Floyd