As the backlash continues to grow against Fox News host Bill O’Reilly due to the multiple sexual harassment allegations brought against him, companies are quickly pulling their ads from his show, “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Last week, The New York Times revealed that there were three previously unknown sexual harassment cases against O’Reilly that had been settled by Fox News. The publication also revealed that Fox News and O’Reilly paid at least $13 million to five different women who accused the host of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Now, according to The Daily Beast, more than 20 companies have pulled their ads from Fox News’ number one rated show, including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Constant Contact, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Orkin, UNTUCKit, Allstate and Esurance.
“The allegations are disturbing, and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now,” Mercedes-Benz said in a statement released Monday.
O’Reilly has vigorously denied the claims, suggesting that he was possibly “targeted.” He has also had the president of the United States come to his defense. President Trump said that he didn’t think O’Reilly did “anything wrong” and that he’s a “good person.”