Just SEVEN ads ran on last night’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News after nearly 60 companies this week reportedly dropped their sponsorships of the highly rated prime-time program.
The hourlong series normally runs as many as 40 commercials during a typical night.
The increasing ad pulls follow a Saturday New York Times report that host Bill O’Reilly paid $13 million to five women to settle sexual harassment allegations.
O’Reilly said in a weekend statement that being a well-known public figure makes him vulnerable to lawsuits and that the settlements were made to put “any controversies” to rest.
“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity,” the statement read. “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 O’Reilly Factor” has been the top-rated program in cable news for the past 15 years.