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Will Bill O'Reilly Survive Advertiser Defections?

Will Bill O'Reilly Survive Advertiser Defections?”

The chaotic scene and rotating cast of characters may explain why Trump chose to go "off script" from remarks or talking points about domestic policy to defending O'Reilly, "a good person", in Trump's estimation, who it was recently reported paid out millions (along with Fox News) to settle sexual harassment claims and has since lost dozens of advertisers.

Trump, 70, defended the anchor to The New York Times on Wednesday, stating that O'Reilly "shouldn't have settled".

The advertisers pulled out after the New York Times revealed over the weekend that five women were paid settlements totaling $13 million to keep quiet about supposed sexual harassment by O'Reilly. 21st Century Fox released a statement Saturday in which it said it "takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously" and stood behind O'Reilly's denial of the merits of the claims.

Smith said calling the hotline is a good idea "only if you think it would be good to call the KGB to complain about Putin".

"Do you really want to take advice on cultural trends from a pervert - a certified sexual harasser - such as O'Reilly?"

Waters went on to criticize Ivanka Trump's silence on the matter, saying, "I think she either advised [Trump] wrong or she's absent and she's not in it".

More advertisers fled Bill O'Reilly's show on Wednesday, with drugmaker Pfizer and real estate company Coldwell Banker among the latest to distance themselves. More than 20 advertisers pulled its ads on the show and network as a result.

O'Reilly hasn't admitted any wrongdoing and said he settled for the sake of his family.

"I didn't hear a word she said", O'Reilly had said of Waters.

Fox News paid O'Reilly $18 million in 2016, and his contract with the network expires this year.

On Monday, Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky filed a lawsuit against Ailes and current Fox News President Bill Shine.

The report about O'Reilly comes less than a year after Fox News' former chairman Roger Ailes was ousted following a sexual harassment lawsuit.

One of the companies that hasn't abandoned O'Reilly is Angie's List.

"The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel", he said.

The president is a loyal Fox viewer, frequently tweeting out comments about its programming. On Thursday, the company said it had requested that none appear on O'Reilly's show.



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