In a statement released after the Times report, O'Reilly did not directly deny any of the allegations but said his prominence made him "vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity".
Congresswoman Maxine Waters on Wednesday night said that Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and President Donald Trump should be locked up for alleged sexual harassment.
Since the Times report over the weekend, one more woman has come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Ailes, and at least 21 advertisers have pulled ads from O'Reilly's top-rated cable news show, The O'Reilly Factor.
This press release from Donald Trump about the issue of sexual harassment is clearly not worth the paper it's printed on. Bill O'Reilly needs to go to jail. However, the Society for Human Resource Management said it had ended its advertising on the entire network. "If they continue to do this in the way that they have done they need to go to jail". Paul Rittenberg, the network's executive vice president of advertising sales, said earlier this week that the ad buys of the clients to raise concerns about "The O'Reilly Factor" "have been re-expressed into other FNC programs".
21st Century Fox and Fox News are standing behind O'Reilly. In light of the recent allegations against him, which were reportedly settled financially with the accusers by Fox News and O'Reilly, this is interesting.
During the campaign, Mr. Trump had already defended another Fox News central figure, Roger Ailes, his then CEO, who is also accused of sexual harassment.
That is likely why one of the women O'Reilly and Fox settled with, Rebecca Diamond, felt the need to speak out.
So far, the controversy has not negatively affected O'Reilly's ratings.
Fox has "treated women very badly", Waters said, adding that she supported a criminal investigation of the matter.
Spin has failed since The New York Times exposed the $13 million Fox News has paid in settlements to female ex-staffers allegedly harassed by the 67-year-old news host. "And in fact, the women at the network say they don't - that they're not convinced of it".