Fox Faces Yet Another Sexual Harassment Scandal: UPDATED

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Sofia Jacobo, Co-Editor in Chief

UPDATE: 21st century Fox announced on Wednesday Apr. 19, “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel” reported CNN. The drastic decision came after O’Reilly’s sexual harassment scandal. Fox has already announced the lineup airing in place of the “O’Reilly Factor.”

Original story appears below

 

Bill O’Reilly has been Fox News’s number one asset for nearly two decades; his nightly show, “The O’Reilly Factor” has generated $446 millions in two years according to CNN. It is with no surprise that during a sexual harassment scandal, Fox is sticking by him.

Multiple women have come forward making sexual harassment accusations against O’Reilly since 2004.

An investigation conducted by The New York Times has revealed O’Reilly and Fox News paid off “a total of five women in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him. The agreements totaled about $13 million.”

Unfortunately, this is not the first sexual harassment scandal to hit Fox. Nearly a year ago Roger Ailes was ousted from his position as Fox News Chairman after his scandal caught wind.

Fox commented on the Ailes scandal saying they do not stand for anyone who “disrespects women or contributes to an uncomfortable work environment” reported CNN Media.

According to CNN, “Fox is taking a wait-and-see approach to the controversy that’s been triggered by the Times investigation.”

“The women who made allegations against Mr. O’Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show. They have complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating, according to documents and interviews,” reported The New York Times.

Despite O’Reilly contributing major revenue and views to Fox News, the scandal will not affect the company greatly. With Fox producing everything from late night news, to comedic shows like “The Simpsons,” revenue lost will have no major damage on the company, but the same cannot be said about the company’s image.

Companies such as Mercedes-Benz have pulled their advertisements from the The O’Reilly Factor, a spokesperson from the company commented on the allegations as “disturbing.”

O’Reilly himself commented on the issue by saying, “Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline. But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children. The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel. Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me” reported The New York Times.