Will Bill O'Reilly survive advertiser defections?

by Frankie Norman April 7, 2017, 1:56

FILE - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is interviewed by Bill O'Reilly, during the Fox news talk show "The O'Reilly Factor", Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in NY.

Many on Twitter were quick to point out that Trump has no credibility on the question of O'Reilly's behavior as Trump himself has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 12 women. When Ailes was first accused, Trump spoke out and said, "Some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he's helped them. now all of a sudden, they are saying these awful things about him".

"Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled", Mr. Trump said in an interview in the Oval Office with New York Times reporters.

"The O'Reilly Factor", the most popular show on cable news, has turned from moneymaker to potential liability as companies have been pulling their ads in the wake of host Bill O'Reilly's possible involvement in a number of sexual harassment claims. "I don't think Bill did anything wrong", Trump said.

While more than a dozen companies had deserted their advertising bookings in time for Tuesday night's broadcast, the show was not at a loss during ad breaks - around 30 advertisements ran.

All five of the women who relieved settlements worked at Fox News, which ranged from junior producers to on-air personalities and anchors dating back to 2002.

Other companies that have told ABC News that they are halting their advertisements during the show include: Hyundai, Allstate, Lexus, H&R Block and Subaru.

Trump made his statements of defense during an interview with the Times touching on topics from accusing former national security adviser Susan Rice of committing a crime without evidence to the country's infrastructure.

He found it in "The Apprentice", which helped launch its host, Donald Trump, to nationwide celebrity.

First, President Donald Trump declared April Sexual Assault Awareness month-to howls from those who recalled his own alleged record of sexual assault.

This from he of "grab 'em by the pussy" and "locker room talk" fame.

The Jenny Craig defection shows how dire the situation has become for Fox News.

"They need to go to jail", she said.

On Tuesday night, "The O'Reilly Factor" was the most-watched cable news program on cable news in both total viewers and the key demographic of adults age 25-54.

Aside from social media, people are also reacting negatively to Trump's statements about O'Reilly on the airwaves.

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