Fox News Jumps Shark All Because Bill O'Reilly Couldn't Get Laid 1

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has allegedly engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment against women for more than 15 years without repercussions from the network. (Photo Collage)

Fox News is paying a price–figuratively and literally– all because its Golden Boy, Bill O’Reilly, couldn’t get laid. His “locker room” behavior has cost the network at least $13 million and a score of advertisers. How many times can a guy strikeout before he’s out of the game?

O’Reilly, who rules the ratings roost at Fox News, appears to be a classic example of President Trump’s view on celebrity entitlement.

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Trump explained how celebrity Alpha males play the game in a shocking 2005 conversation with Billy Bush that was picked up by an open mic.

Fox News Statement on Bill O’Reilly Sexual Harassment
Fox News Statement: “Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O’Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O’Reilly. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O’Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility. Mr. O’Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News.

O’Reilly Statement: “Just like other prominent and controversial people. I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. 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 worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel.
‘Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me.”

“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he boasted.

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“Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” he crowed.

Trump also bragged about trying to seduce a married woman… without luck.

“I did try and f-ck her. She was married,” Trump said. “I moved on her very heavily.”

O’Reilly must have thought he had the right to do the same thing.

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One of O’Reilly’s producers, Andrea Mackris, said the talk show host once called her while he was masturbating, according to a 2004 lawsuit.

O’Reilly, 67, even encouraged her to buy a sex vibrator, and described his sexual fantasies about her.

So far, Fox News has paid out an estimated $13 million to buy the silence of women O’Reilly allegedly harassed, according to The New York Times.

Mackris reportedly settled her case for $9 million.

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Other cases are pending. Wendy Walsh, a regular on his show, and Fox News host Andrea Tantaros have also complained abut O’Reilly’s unwanted sexual advances.

Disgraced Fox News head Roger Ailes was forced to resign in July for also making unwanted sexual advances toward Fox employees.

What’s particularly shocking about O’Rielly’s behavior is the fact that it has been going on for at least 15 years without any repercussions from Fox News.

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The first case brought against him by producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein occurred in 2002, according to The Times.

O’Reilly was not only into talking dirty with women, but also kinky sex.

Mackris said he suggested having three-way sex with another woman, bragged a about his sexual conquests and threatened to ruin any woman who complained about his advances.

O’Reilly also wasn’t above smearing his victims. When Mackris went public with her charges, he accused her of trying to blackmail him for $60 million.


He also hired a public relations firm in an attempt to smear her as a “promiscuous gold-digger,” The Times reported.

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At this point, Fox News parent company, 21st Century Fox, is standing behind O’Reilly. (see statement) But the fallout is continuing.

Advertisers are withdrawing their ad buys adjacent to, or during the network’s big moneymaker, “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Car companies were the first to pull ads, including Lexus, BMW, Mitsubishi, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, according to Ad Age.

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At least 20 companies, so far, have pulled advertising in the wake of The New York Times report.

T. Rowe Price, Wayfair, Bayer and Credit Karma are the latest to make the move.

Whether O’Reilly will suffer the same fate as former Fox talking head Glenn Beck, remains to be seen.

In 2009, he faced an advertiser revolt after he called President Obama on air a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people.”

Even so, Fox News stuck by him for two years, even after some 300 advertisers had fled the show, before Beck was canceled, according to Ad Age.