BMW has stopped all advertising on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” because of a New York Times report that Fox News and its anchor Bill O’Reilly made five women pay to settle claims that he sexually harassed them. This is according to a BMW spokesman that confirmed the claims made.
“In light of the recent New York Times investigation, BMW of North America has suspended its advertising with “The O’Reilly Factor,” the BMW spokesman said in a statement. A Fox News spokesperson did not comment on the recent stoppage.
The New York Times reported over that Fox News and its host Bill O’Reilly paid out $13 million dollars to the women that accused O’Reilly of harassment. O’Reilly, in a statement posted on his website, said he had been unfairly targeted because of his fame. Take a read for yourself:
“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.
But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.
The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel. Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me.”
What do you think about the controversies that surround Bill O’Reilly as of late?