21st Century Fox investigating O'Reilly harassment claims

18 April, 2017, 03:45 | Author: Ruben Patrick

"Saturday Night Live" returned this week with host Louis C.K., but actor Alec Baldwin once again stole the show when he played both President Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly in a sketch about sexual harassment allegations against the Fox News host.

Attorneys of Fox News told Bloom they would investigate Walsh's complaint against O'Reilly after she placed a call to the hotline, Bloom told CNN's Brian Stelter.

"I told them I really appreciate that and let's get going as soon as possible", she said.

"I'm going to do everything I can to make sure you all work in coal for the rest of your lives", Baldwin's Trump told one miner.

"Did she get the check?" he asked, referring to the $13 million that was allegedly offered to female employees for not revealing their sexual harassment claims against him.

Twenty-First Century Fox, which owns Fox News, began an investigation into sexual harassment claims made against Bill O'Reilly last week by Wendy Walsh, a Los Angeles-based radio host, according to the Washington Post.

Walsh has not sued O'Reilly or sought a settlement, said Bloom.

"Apparently several women have come forward and accused me of offering them exciting opportunities here at Fox News", he says.

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When asking Zimmerman about Susan Rice's response to Trump's claims of misconduct, Baldwin's O'Reilly didn't seem to understand what it meant when she reported that Rice "denied it".

When forced, Fox News investigated allegations of sexual harassment against its chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, ultimately parting ways with the man who created the network two decades earlier.

Fox News has said that Walsh was dropped from "The O'Reilly Factor" because the program's ratings declined when she appeared.

Despite his denials, O'Reilly and the network have taken a PR hit since the allegations emerged - 60 companies have now pulled their advertisements from O'Reilly's time slot.

Think Progress editor Judd Legum has been among those at the forefront of documenting advertisers who stay or go.

O'Reilly "is a despicable human being who has been exceedingly rude to me, and who has hurt many women", Bloom said in an interview wth Swaay.

Advertisers who chose to abandon O'Reilly include Mercedes, H&R Block, Constant Contact, and Allstate Insurance.

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