Ex-Fox News anchor sues boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment

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    'Law & Order: SVU' Sets Cast for Roger Ailes-Inspired Episode | Hollywood Reporter

    Christopher McDonald will play a network boss accused of rape by a female news anchor (Bonnie Somerville).


    Just as Fox News finds itself in the midst of another round of sexual harassment controversy, Law & Order: SVU is firming up its own take on the cable news network.

    Christopher McDonald (Thelma and Louise), Bonnie Somerville (Friends) and Mark Moses (Mad Men) are set to headline an April episode of the NBC procedural seemingly inspired by the Roger Ailes scandal that led to the longtime chief's departure.

    The episode, titled "The Newsroom," is described as follows: "Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Barba (Raúl Esparza) ask witnesses to put their jobs on the line after a news anchor (Somerville) makes an on-air disclosure of rape against her boss." McDonald will play Somerville's character's boss while Moses will play her co-anchor.

    The episode will air on Wednesday, April 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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    20 companies pull ads from 'The O'Reilly Factor' in growing backlash | CNN


    Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Constant Contact, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Orkin, UNTUCKit, Allstate, Esurance (which is owned by Allstate), T. Rowe Price, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Credit Karma, Wayfair, The Wonderful Company, TrueCar and the Society for Human Resource Management are pulling ads from "The O'Reilly Factor" after a report about five settlements with women who alleged sexual harassment or verbal abuse by O'Reilly.

    Don Lemon Claps Back At Bill O'Reilly With A Jab About Harassment Claims | The Huffington Post
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    Donald Trump: “I Don’t Think Bill O’Reilly Did Anything Wrong” | Deadline


    The President of the United States defended Fox News Channel primetime star Bill O’Reilly in an interview this morning with New York Times reporters.

    “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong,” Donald Trump told NYT reporters in an Oval Office sit-down, surrounded by half a dozen of his highest ranking acolytes, including Vice President Mike Pence, who has previously said he will not dine or drink booze in the presence of any woman other than his wife.

    Trump defended O’Reilly from the Oval Office four days after the Times reported O’Reilly and Fox News Channel had settled five lawsuits filed by women claiming sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. Approximately 20 advertisers have bailed on FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor in the wake of the report.

    “He’s a person I know well; he’s a good person,” Trump said of O’Reilly.

    O’Reilly’s only mistake, Trump said, was in settling the lawsuits. NYT put the dollar amount paid out by the stars and/or employer at $13M over the years.

    “I think he shouldn’t have settled, personally. I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way,” said Trump, whose presidential campaign survived release of an old Access Hollywood video in which he was heard bragging about being so famous he could grab women “by the pussy” with impunity.

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  4. Sick old Fucks Fox News needs to be shut down, and that right soon.

  5. Roger Ailes. Bill O'Reilly. Donald Trump.

    FOX News - from the "Fair and Balanced Network" to "The Old Boys' Network."

    Because if she's Fair, FOX will end up owing her a Balance on that giant settlement they'll have to pay her.

    Fair-skinned, fair-haired, fair of face - those attributes are seemingly more important than being fair and balanced when FOX News makes hiring and programming decisions for their female 'casters.

    This slowly and publicly unfolding scandal gives a very candid glimpse of a corporate culture that is toxic and clearly has been for a long time.
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    Advertisers Back Away From Bill O'Reilly | NPR

    Advertisers are pulling out of Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox News after O'Reilly paid out millions to settle sexual harassment suits. Some women employees there are distressed he is still on the air.


    STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Advertisers are not the only ones backing away from Bill O'Reilly. More than 50 companies, as you may have heard, have said they would rather not be seen on O'Reilly's Fox News program right now. It turns out that some of his female colleagues are not happy either after O'Reilly - and his employers - acknowledged paying $13 million or so to settle at least five sexual harassment suits against him. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik is here. Hi, David.


    INSKEEP: So what are you hearing from inside the company?

    FOLKENFLIK: Well, there's a lot of anguish, distress and concern among employees at Fox News, particularly women, about the fact that Bill O'Reilly has been allowed to continue almost unrebuked by his employer seemingly. Let's remember - nine months ago, during the summer, the chairman, the really propulsive force behind the success of Fox News, Roger Ailes, was ousted - with a huge payday but nonetheless ousted - after a series of explosive allegations of sexual harassment against him, all of which he denies.

    You know, the Murdoch family that controls the parent company, 21st Century Fox - Rupert Murdoch oversees Fox News directly now. They said it's a new day, a new climate. They'll take concerns of female employees very seriously, a bunch of changes in store. And yet, Bill O'Reilly, as this fresh attention from The New York Times and other places showed, is being allowed to continue despite the fact there had been multiple accusations of sexual harassment against him by former colleagues and in fact that they were so serious that they totaled these payments out in the many millions of dollars.

    INSKEEP: Is the angst that you're hearing about Bill O'Reilly, or is it really about the company's response?

    FOLKENFLIK: It's really both. There's sort of a contempt for O'Reilly from some of his colleagues, particularly female colleagues. And there's a cynicism about the degree of sincerity with which the Murdoch family and the top executives are operating.

    You know, the only statement put out by 21st Century Fox since The New York Times offered fresh focus on this last weekend was simply to say, we've talked to Bill. He's assured us that he takes our commitment to a welcome workplace for all employees seriously. You know, I wonder why women at the network would take that particularly seriously. And in fact, the women at the network say they don't - that they're not convinced of it.

    One of O'Reilly's defenses is - hey, they haven't taken advantage of the call-in hotline to make complaints; none of the women who have accused me did that. They say, why would we be convinced that that would be taken seriously when the network's human relations executives, top lawyers and even president, in the past, haven't taken our complaints seriously?

    INSKEEP: And if I'm not mistaken, the company has also repeated that line about nobody called the hotline, which implies that none of these claims were really that serious. Now, the thing that's made headlines the last couple of days, though, is advertisers pulling out of the show. Does that really hurt the network?

    FOLKENFLIK: Well, it's certainly something the network can relatively easily weather in the short term if the numbers don't keep growing. That is - most of the advertisers are shifting their commercials to other parts of the day. They may have to be given extra spots, extra commercials to make up for the premium that they paid to get into Bill O'Reilly's show in the first place in most cases. But that's weatherable.

    O'Reilly certainly has had scandals in the past. And in fact, you know, his first sexual harassment claim against him that got public was more than a dozen years ago, and he certainly survived that after making a major payout.

    INSKEEP: OK. So that's the short term. But can Rupert Murdoch, who's been overseeing Fox News, ride this out in the long term?

    FOLKENFLIK: Well, the real question, in some ways, lies in the hands of federal prosecutors. There's an inquiry right now taking place into whether payments to women who made sexual allegations against Roger Ailes and perhaps Bill O'Reilly too, somehow that those payments were masked from investors. That could be a violation of federal law, and that could be a quite serious result as well.

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    Fox Asks Law Firm to Investigate Bill O’Reilly Harassment Claim

    By Emily Steel, The New York Times


    21st Century Fox has enlisted the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to investigate at least one accusation of sexual harassment against the Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

    The move is the latest in the response to a New York Times investigation published this month on Mr. O’Reilly’s settlements with five women who complained of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior.

    Wendy Walsh, a former guest on Mr. O’Reilly’s show who detailed accusations against him to The Times, called 21st Century Fox’s anonymous hotline last week, prompting the investigation.

    “21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters,” the company said in a statement on Sunday.

    Paul Weiss is the same law firm that conducted an internal investigation into Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman. 21st Century Fox executives decided to dismiss Mr. Ailes after the lawyers took statements from at least six women who described inappropriate behavior by him.

    In a statement, Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for Mr. O’Reilly, said the law firm was “already retained by the company to look into all hotline calls,” adding that there was “nothing special” about the handling of this case.

    It was not clear how expansive the law firm’s investigation was into Mr. O’Reilly’s behavior. 21st Century Fox has said that it investigates all claims made through the company’s anonymous hotline.

    In response to the Times investigation, both Mr. O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, had said that no current or former Fox News employee had raised concerns about him through the hotline. Both Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Ailes have denied the allegations against them.

    Ms. Walsh said that Mr. O’Reilly did not follow through on a verbal offer to make her a network contributor after she declined an invitation to his hotel suite following dinner one night in 2013. She said that she had not received a settlement and was not seeking one.

    Her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said that they decided to call the hotline because the company had said that nobody had done so.

    “We will fully cooperate with any investigation,” Ms. Bloom said. “Again, Wendy is not seeking any money, just accountability.”

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    John Oliver Is Buying Ads on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ to Educate Donald Trump About Sexual Harassment

    By Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast


    John Oliver is not afraid to put his money where his mouth is.

    Back in February, realizing that President Trump gets most of his ideas from cable news, the Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight host purchased a series of ads to run against morning cable news programs that sought to educate the commander in chief about the nuclear triad — something he didn’t seem to know anything about during his presidential campaign. The Oliver-approved ads took on the guise of ones that regularly air on Trump’s favorite program, Fox & Friends, featuring a cowboy opening up about his catheter.

    Well, the comedian is at it again. On Sunday night’s edition of his HBO program, Oliver revealed that he’s attempting to purchase ad time on The O’Reilly Factor in New York and Washington, D.C., in order to educate Trump about sexual harassment.

    “We have produced an ad to educate Donald Trump to air during The O’Reilly Factor in New York and D.C. We submitted it to stations on Friday, but weirdly, we haven’t heard back from them since — which is a little surprising, because we are one of the only advertisers offering to buy time on his show at the moment,” said Oliver.

    The reason for the purchase is that this past week, The New York Times reported that Fox News has been forced to settle five sexual harassment lawsuits over the years for a total of $13 million — all concerning its biggest and brashest star, Bill O’Reilly.

    “Yes, Bill O’Reilly, who scientists hypothesize is kind of a dense nebula of boner and racism, has been paying out settlements for alleged harassment for years, and the details are pretty disturbing here, with the victims claiming things like verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances, and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating,” said Oliver.

    The Times report also revealed that two other women, including Dr. Wendy Walsh, have accused O’Reilly of unwanted sexual advances and wielding his workplace power in an unfair fashion. O’Reilly has denied the allegations, while Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, attempted to defend its star by claiming that none of the accusers attempted to call the company’s sexual harassment hotline. Meanwhile, as many as 60 advertisers have bailed on The O’Reilly Factor in the wake of the sexual harassment controversy.

    One person is standing by O’Reilly, however: Trump. Yes, this past week, Trump told The New York Times, “He’s a good person… I know Bill. Bill’s a good person… I don’t think Bill would do anything wrong.”

    “To recap this story for you: Bill O’Reilly needs advertisers and Donald Trump needs to understand sexual harassment. And here is where we come in,” announced Oliver.

    The British satirist then aired a portion of the ad he hopes to air during The O’Reilly Factor — featuring the catheter cowboy teaching Trump about sexual harassment.

    “Repeated unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks in the workplace constitutes sexual harassment. If there’s a power disparity between the two parties, well, that’s about as inappropriate as lubricating a catheter with hot sauce, partner. Why would you do that? I do not like pain when I cath,” said the cowboy. “And if you’ve got a friend who was accused of something like that over and over again, I might think twice about defending him, because that just contributes to a culture where women don’t want to come forward.”

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    Fox News Sends Troubling Message in Standing by Bill O’Reilly | Variety

    With Bill O’Reilly once again under scrutiny for sexual harassment, Fox News is faced with a foundational and significant question: Does the conservative media brand stand for anything besides dollar signs?

    Bill O’Reilly Says He Will Take Vacation In Midst of Controversy | Variety

    Bill O’Reilly Is Going on Vacation. Will His Show Return? | NY Mag
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    Fox Is Preparing to Cut Ties With Bill O’Reilly | Wall Street Journal


    Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, according to people close to the situation.

    A final decision on Mr. O’Reilly’s fate could come as early as the next several days, the people said.

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    Bill O'Reilly On The Way Out At Fox News As Allegations Mount, Sources Say | Refinery29


    Bill O'Reilly and Fox News are talking exit, according to a CNN report. That news comes just hours after New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer reported that the Murdochs were turning against O'Reilly.

    Allegations against O'Reilly continue to mount. One Black woman came forward today to say that O'Reilly had called her "hot chocolate" and leered at her. "He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar," attorney Lisa Bloom tells The Hollywood Reporter. "He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared."

    O'Reilly's attorney has denied the allegations in a statement to CNN.

    The decision about O'Reilly's fate is expected to come within the week, as his vacation from The O'Reilly Factor will be over in just six days. The decision will likely be made at the Thursday meeting of 21st Century Fox's board of directors. O'Reilly's future is apparently on the agenda.

    Fox has not yet confirmed these reports, which is no surprise given the delicate nature of the negotiations — and the massive public outcry against O'Reilly.

    "Sources describe the Murdoch family discussions as fraught," NY Mag's Gabriel Sherman writes of Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James. "In some ways, deciding O’Reilly’s fate is more complicated than the decision to oust Ailes last summer. O’Reilly is Fox’s highest-rated host and the linchpin of the prime-time schedule, so his removal could have immediate effects on the network’s ratings. And according to one Fox source, Rupert has told people he does not want to fire O’Reilly because it would make it appear he was forced into a decision by 'the New York Times.'"

    The news comes amidst a firestorm of controversy generated by a New York Times story detailing the laundry list of allegations against and settlements paid out by Fox News and O'Reilly. Women's groups have planned protests against the host and advertisers have exited The O'Reilly Factor as calls for a boycott have increased. Five women accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, resulting in settlements totaling about $13 million.

    Fox News will no longer confirm that O'Reilly is returning to the air next week.

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    Bill O’Reilly statement blasts far-left ‘brutal campaign of character assassination’ | TheBlaze


    An attorney for Bill O’Reilly released a statement Tuesday blaming “far-left” organizations for a smear campaign against him, saying that he’ll be revealing evidence of his claim.

    “Bill O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America,” the statement from attorney Marc Kasowitz read.

    The statement appeared to be in reference to the accusations of sexual harassment against Bill O’Reilly, who was on vacation this week from his show. In recent weeks he’s been assailed by protests and a social media campaign that has forced his show to hemorrhage dozens of advertisers.

    “This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons,” it concluded. “That evidence will be put forth shortly and it is irrefutable.”

    The statement offered no evidence of the claim it made.

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    Fox ends ties with top-rated host Bill O'Reilly | Reuters


    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has decided to part ways with star cable news host Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, the company said on Wednesday.

    “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” the company said in a statement.

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    "Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969."

    That time I entered the ‘No Spin Zone’

    By Kevin Naff, Washington Blade


    About 10 years ago, I entered the “No Spin Zone,” as a guest on Bill O’Reilly’s now-canceled Fox News show. The topic was my criticism of the cult of Scientology, which I bashed for, among other things, its use of “reparative therapy” to “cure” gays.

    When I arrived on set — and before the cameras were rolling — O’Reilly was friendly, chatty and full of questions about the Blade, how long I’d worked there, etc. We talked amiably for several minutes about various topics before he started the show.

    Then it was my turn in the hot seat and suddenly O’Reilly’s personality shifted from friendly and warm to the caricature so perfectly lampooned by Stephen Colbert — the ever-angry, red-faced defender of American values. When he likened gays to drug abusers, I called him out and he quickly replied, “Don’t be a wise guy.”

    What most of his viewers don’t realize is that O’Reilly’s biggest talent isn’t as a broadcaster or author, but as an actor.

    Prior to launching his Fox show, he hosted “Inside Edition,” an entertainment news show. Then he brilliantly created his angry everyman persona and turned it into a lucrative and mega-successful enterprise. Reports suggest he’s leaving Fox with a $25 million golden parachute.

    That huge sum probably isn’t enough to soothe O’Reilly’s outsized ego after his public fall precipitated by the brave former female co-workers who exposed his serial sexual harassment — a situation that even O’Reilly couldn’t spin his way out of.


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