Bill O’Reilly was hit with bad news this week when it was revealed that he has secretly been accused of sexual harassment numerous times over the years, and that five women have received payouts from either him or Fox News, totaling $13 million, in exchange for agreeing not to pursue litigation.
Things just got even worse for O’Reilly when Mercedes-Benz pulled their advertisements from his show in the wake of the revelation.
“Yes, we had advertising running on The O’Reilly Factor (we run on most major cable news shows) and it has been reassigned in the midst of the controversy,” Mercedes-Benz said in a statement, according to Western Journalism. “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
O’Reilly has already spoken out to defend himself from these allegations.
“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity,” said O’Reilly. “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.”
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