21st Century Fox, Fox News' parent company, will investigate allegations that Bill O'Reilly, its No.1 host, has been making sexually inappropriate overtures to women in the workplace. Some allegations began last summer and have led to the downfall of Fox News' former chief, Roger Ailes.
Another point made in 21st Century Fox's statement is that none of the accusers utilized "the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Mr. O'Reilly, even anonymously".
Meanwhile, about 60 companies have pulled advertising from "The O'Reilly Factor" in the wake of the report.
On Wednesday, Walsh and Bloom called Fox's corporate hotline to file a complaint.
21st Century Fox (FOXA) has enlisted the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to investigate sexual harassment claims against Bill O'Reilly, the face of its most popular show, "The O'Reilly Factor". Walsh's complaint was recorded with her lawyer, former NBC contributor Lisa Bloom, and posted on YouTube. For his part, O'Reilly denied that any complaints have been made about him to human resources, and argued that his celebrity status makes him a "target" for such accusations.
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Walsh appeared in a regular segment on O'Reilly's television program in 2013.
"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. Advocacy groups such as the National Organization for Women have called for the dismissal of the combative commentator, who is paid $18 million annually by Fox News.
Hot off the news of yet another sexual harassment claim, Fox announced that it would conduct a full investigation of O'Reilly's actions.
Fox has declined to publicly speak on the matter, and in recent days, President Trump came out in support of O'Reilly while also releasing an official White House statement proclaiming April 2017 as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
In a nod to advertisers fleeing The O'Reilly Factor, the advertisers during the sketch were "Dog Cocaine", "Cialis for horses", and the movie, CHIPS.
The O'Reilly character answered, "That's based upon?" with the Trump character replying: "A hunch, just a loose hunch."I'm more familiar with this case than I am with, say, health care".