Two major sponsors of The O’Reilly Report have pulled their ads from the show. The move follows the news that Bill O’Reilly and Fox News have paid out millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment lawsuits against the host of the network’s most popular show.
On Sunday, The New York Times published a lengthy and well-documented article revealing that “a total of five women have received pay outs from either Mr. O’Reilly or the company in exchange for agreeing not to pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him. Their agreements totaled about $13 million.”
After the news broke, Mercedes-Benz pulled their advertising from the program. In a statement to CNN, Donna Boland, the manager of corporate communications at Mercedes-Benz, said, “The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now.”
BREAKING: Mercedes spokesperson tells me it’s pulled ads from the O’Reilly Factor pic.twitter.com/CezYfuUnK6
— Tom Kludt (@TomKludt) April 3, 2017
Yesterday, Hyundai followed suit, pulling their scheduled advertising and announcing the move to Emily Steel, one of the New York Times reporters who wrote the piece that ran on Sunday.
Full statement from Hyundai spokesman on decision to pull ads from The O’Reilly Factor, following sexual harassment allegations. pic.twitter.com/EBBAvBD8bA
— Emily Steel (@emilysteel) April 4, 2017
Trivago, Jenny Craig, and Lexus have all reported that they are reviewing their ad buys in light of the controversy, but have not yet pulled their sponsorship.
O’Reilly had no comments on the allegations during his program last night, but he did say this in response to the Times article:
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