Bill O'Reilly takes break amid sponsor backlash


For what objective, Oliver wants to teach the president about what really defines sexual harassment and why he seems to be on the wrong side with Bill O'Reilly.

"We submitted it to stations on Friday, but weirdly we haven't heard back from them since", Oliver said, "which is a little surprising, because we are one of the only advertisers offering to buy time on his show at the moment".

While New York magazine reported Tuesday that 21st Century Fox Inc. chief executive officer (CEO) James Murdoch wants him to step down permanently, people familiar with Fox's plans said O'Reilly intends to return to the The O'Reilly Factor.

And he definitely knows how: He took a vacation a year ago when he was mentioned in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

The amount of advertising time by paying customers on The O'Reilly Factor has been cut by more than half since the Times report, according to an analysis issued on Tuesday by Kantar Media. The host is due to return April 24, Fox said in an e-mail.

"The arrangements, including airline and hotel reservations, for this vacation were made last October". O'Reilly announced he is taking a "vacation" amid harassment claims. She posted on Twitter on Monday that she asked Fox News for an outside party to investigate, but they turned her down.

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Deadline commented, "This constitutes news because O'Reilly has yet to publicly address a New York Times report that Fox News and its primetime star had, between them, allegedly paid five women almost $13m in settlements going back 15 years". Trump recently said, "I don't think Bill would do anything wrong".

Meanwhile, more than 50 advertisers, including bigwigs like drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and Mercedes-Benz have pulled their advertisements from "The O'Reilly Factor" in protest. Fox News has been running the program in recent days with eight to 10 minutes of extra content. Tuesday night's broadcast contained about 10 commercials from companies like CoolSpa, Gravely Lawn Mowers, Hair Club, and Australian Dream Pain Relief.

Keeping O'Reilly on the air and as a viable personality has been critical for Fox News Channel.

The "Factor" has been on the air for two decades and is cable news' most popular and profitable program. Since the election, O'Reilly's audience has soared. Ratings have generally increased since the election.

Around this time of year, he explained, "I grab some vacation, because it's spring and Easter time".