21st Century Fox investigating O'Reilly harassment claims

Calvin Saunders
April 18, 2017

The cast of Saturday Night Live returned after a three-week break to take on Fox News host Bill O'Reilly amid recent sexual harassment allegations he is facing, all while continuing their coverage of the Trump administration.

The investigation follows a complaint by Wendy Walsh, a former periodic guest on "The O'Reilly Factor", who phoned in a complaint to the network's workplace misconduct hotline last week.

"I'm told that they are taking it seriously, and they are going to do the investigation that's legally required of them", Bloom told CNN on Sunday. "And they said that they are indeed going to do an investigation based on Wendy's complaint".

Walsh has not sued O'Reilly or sought a settlement, said Bloom, a former contributor to NBC's "Today" show who is known for her liberal advocacy and legal work.

Last Monday, Bloom held a news conference with Walsh, who told her story of how rejecting romantic gestures from O'Reilly cost her a paid job at Fox News.

Meanwhile, three black women from the Fox News payroll department have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the network, and former chairman Roger Ailes - who stepped down a year ago over his own harassment allegations - is being sued by his accusers.

The conversation becomes more direct as O'Reilly addresses the allegations against him.

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O'Reilly himself recently said that he had never been the subject of human resources complaints at Fox News, and a spokesperson later said that the firm was already on retainer with the network.

Baldwin pulled double duty as both Trump and O'Reilly during a sketch parodying The O'Reilly Factor.

The statement also suggested that O'Reilly is a target of harassment claims because of his prominence and the revenue he rakes in for the network helming the top-rated cable news show in the country.

Ads for The O'Reilly Factor installed in the windows of the News Corporation building in NY.

"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".

Fox News has stood by O'Reilly, as it can financially withstand the impact of the advertiser defections by placing the commercials in other programs on the channel.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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