Yet More Fallout for Bill O'Reilly After Latest Allegations

12 more advertisers ditch his show
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2017 3:05 PM CDT
Updated Apr 4, 2017 5:00 PM CDT
5 More Advertisers Ditch Bill O'Reilly's Show
In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor," poses for photos in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Bill O'Reilly's top-rated Fox News show may be starting to feel a financial sting after allegations that he sexually harassed several women. Automakers Hyundai, BMW, and Mitsubishi; financial firm T. Rowe Price; personal finance site Credit Karma; insurer Allstate; drugmakers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline; pet food company Ainsworth, men's shirt seller Untuckit; and online marketing firm Constant Contact said Tuesday that they have joined Mercedes-Benz in pulling their ads from the show, the AP reports. The moves come after a weekend report in the New York Times that O'Reilly and his employer paid five women $13 million to settle harassment or other allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fox's star.

Hyundai said it currently has no ads on The O'Reilly Factor, but it pulled spots on future episodes. The automaker says it wants to partner with companies and programming that share its values of inclusion and diversity. BMW said it suspended advertising on the show due to the recent allegations, as did T. Rowe Price, Sanofi, Ainsworth, and Constant Contact. Allstate said support for women is a company value and it had also suspended advertising on the show. GlaxoSmithKline said it had "temporarily put a hold" on ads on O'Reilly's show while it reviews the situation. A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson said Monday night that the company had pulled ads from O'Reilly's show and reassigned them to other Fox News shows. Sanofi and Untuckit have the same plan. BMW said it wasn't sure where it would place its ads instead. (There are also mounting allegations of racial discrimination by a since-fired exec at Fox News.)

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