The host of ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ denied the merits of claims that he had sexually harassed employees, according to 21st Century Fox
Bill O’Reilly of Fox News said in a statement posted to his website that he is ‘vulnerable to lawsuits’ because of his high-profile position, following news reports of payments he and 21st Century Fox made to settle accusations of sexual harassment. Mr. O’Reilly’s contract was recently renewed, according to people close to the parties involved. Photo: Richard Drew/Associated Press
The parent company of Fox News is standing by star on-air talent Bill O’Reilly in the wake of a news report detailing multiple settlements of claims of sexual harassment against him.
According to the New York Times , 21st Century Fox FOX +0.35% or Mr. O’Reilly have made payments totaling roughly $13 million to settle complaints made by women who worked as on-air contributors or producers during his time at the channel, which dates back to 1996, the year Fox News launched. Mr. O’Reilly is the host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” the news channel’s most popular show.
In a statement, 21st Century Fox said it takes these matters of “workplace behavior very seriously.”
“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,” 21st Century Fox said in the statement.
“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.”