Bill O'Reilly taking a break amid sponsor backlash

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They're looking into recent sexual harassment claims made by Fox News guest Wendy Walsh, according to the report.

O'Reilly has been under investigation since April 1, when the New York Times reported about harassment allegations from five women against him, which totaled up to at least $13 million. Or is it possible that the famed Fox News talking-head might actually be taking a break from the "no-spin zone" for good?

While O'Reilly has stood firm in denying the allegations, calling himself "a target for those who would harm me and my employer", subsequent weeks saw more than half of its advertisers, including Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, pulling out after the show was renewed.

O'Reilly has claimed that he settled the lawsuit to spare his children "the pain of a public ordeal" and he was targeted because he's a public figure. He said, "The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer".

Sources also tell Sherman that there's a possibility that O'Reilly's Tuesday night show could be his last.

The complaint was recorded by Walsh's her lawyer, former NBC contributor Lisa Bloom, and posted on YouTube. However, when she refused his invitation to go to his hotel room after the dinner, Mr. O'Reilly's attitude towards her changed, and she was eventually dropped from the TV 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.

But according to four network sources, there's talk inside Fox News that tonight's show could be his last.

In an interview with CNN's Brian Stelter, Atty.

But people familiar with Fox News' plans said the anchor will return. Trump recently told The New York Times, "I don't think Bill did anything wrong". Not going to tell you where it is but...

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly announced Tuesday he's taking a long-planned vacation, but NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported there's speculation the embattled star may be gone for good.

The host's apparent vacation comes after dozens of companies have pulled advertisements from his show, demonstrating a mass exodus from the airwaves in the wake of news of the accusations against O'Reilly. Meaning in March he had an average of nearly 15 minutes per episode of advertisement, and the other day they only had about four minutes worth of advertisements and ended up ending the show about eight minutes early because they had no ads.

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