Guess how many ads ran on the Bill O’Reilly show the other night?
Ads are the life blood of any TV show, and ole Bill only had 7 ads on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News after almost sixty companies dropped their sponsoring of the formerly highly rated prime-time news commentary program.
The 60 minute show normally has up to 40 commercials during any typical week night.
The increasing number of companies that are pulling ads come as a result of a recently published New York Times report that Bill O’Reilly has paid over $13 million to 5 different women over the years to settle sexual harassment charges.
O’Reilly even said in a statement that as a famous public figure, he is vulnerable to lawsuits and that the settlements were made just to tamp down controversy.
“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 one of the highest rated cable programs for the past 15 years.
For him to say he’s a target because he’s famous is an insult to all of those honorable TV personalities and journalists who don’t have dozens of lawsuits because of inappropriate behavior. Where there’s smoke there’s fire!
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