"I don't think Bill did anything wrong".
Following a joint news conference held by President Donald Trump and Jordan's King Abdullah II, a CNN panel convened to discuss the presser and other news that had recently hit.
"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", Trump told the Times on Wednesday.
The scandal poses a problem for Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News because The O'Reilly Factor is the cable network's most popular show, with four million viewers a night.
Trump's words, though, go beyond mere defense, and into enabling rape culture by telling survivors of sexual violence, abuse, and harassment that they will not be believed, that their lives do not matter as much as that of the powerful man who harmed them.
She added that it is nice that Trump's a "loyal friend" but he's the president and to say all that about O'Reilly "is completely inappropriate". "And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything".
The President maintained that despite rampant allegations from a handful of women since 2004, O'Reilly was innocent of the claims made against him.
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"I think they are unfounded just based on what I've read", Trump said of the accusations against Ailes.
O'Reilly is Fox News' top revenue producer, according to research firm Kantar Media, bringing in over $178 million in ad dollars in 2015 and $118.6 million in the first nine months of 2016.
Following revelations of the sexual harassment settlements, advertisers have been fleeing his highly rated Fox News program.
The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel.
Trump has been a guest on O'Reilly's show multiple times, and the Fox News host interviewed him during Fox's pregame show before this year's Super Bowl.
Henry Holt, the publisher of O'Reilly's new book "Old School", has said it has "no comment at this time" on the allegations against its author.
The New York Times has identified three new cases of alleged sexual harassment against the presenter in addition to two already known cases.