Is O'Reilly Going Off Fox?

  • Is O'Reilly Going Off Fox?

Is O'Reilly Going Off Fox?

Bill O'Reilly's Fox News program has already lost 60 advertisers so far in the wake of the latest sexual harassment allegations against the host, so he made a decision to do what anyone in hot water does - he's taking a vacation for the next few weeks.

Viewers and fans of "The O'Reilly Factor" were surprised to learn that the former journalist might have hosted his last show Tuesday night. Last fall, he added, "I booked a trip that should be terrific".

As advertisers flee Bill O'Reilly's nightly talk show amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment, Fox News parent 21st Century Fox is investigating one of those claims against its popular TV host.

Fox News has announced that it is conducting an independent inquiry into allegations that O'Reilly harassed Wendy Walsh, a Los Angeles radio personality and former guest on The O'Reilly Factor.

The fallout includes a backlash from advertisers: More than 60 companies have pulled their ads from O'Reilly's program.

Others argue this defense is less than compelling, given the fact that O'Reilly was by no means the only - or the most powerful - figure at the network to be hit with sexual harassment complaints.

The team over at Last Week Tonight With John Oliver have once again created an ad to educate the president on something that should be intuitive, this time the recent sexual harassment allegations against Bill O'Reilly.

Mr O'Reilly admits the pay-outs, but claims he was targeted because of his fame.

Walsh said in the video that she declined O'Reilly's invitation and that soon after, he became "hostile" and told her she could forget about any career advice he had given previously, and that she was on her own. He's expected to go back on the air on April 24.

"I'll have a full report when I return", he said.

However, Bloomberg counters with a report that Fox is planning for O'Reilly to return to the show after his vacation.

That was the situation during the almost week-long period before Ailes left Fox News, meaning the odds aren't good for O'Reilly. There is already rampant speculation both inside Fox News and in the media - led by a report by NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman - that he may not return, though a Fox News spokesperson denied that was the case.

Once peppered with commercials from big-name brands like Mercedes-Benz, Advil, and H&R Block, The O'Reilly Factor is now filling slots with smaller, lesser-known advertisers.