Bill O'Reilly announced on air that he will be taking a vacation from his show starting Wednesday, leading many to speculate that the embattled Fox News host, now embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, may be on his way out.
O'Reilly's vacation comes at a time dozens of advertisers have pulled away from his show.
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Embattled Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly hasn't taken this much time off consecutively in March or April for at least 10 years. The popular Fox News pundit announced his break from broadcasting at the end of The O'Reilly Factor on Tuesday night, pointedly noting that the family trip has always been in the works. "Last fall, I booked a trip that should be terrific". Similarly, Korean auto brand Hyundai released a statement.
According to a New York Times piece from April 11: "A month ago, marketers bought more than 15 minutes of advertisements on the show, about one quarter of its airtime. As a university, we value diversity, inclusion, and respect for all, and we take every measure to ensure our advertising is consistent with our core values".
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"I hope the company will change its policy to address what seems like a systemic problem", she said.
She further added that she originally thought they were only talking about the job offer, however, O'Reilly allegedly started walking to a different direction and eventually said, "No, let's go to my suite". That's up 20% from the previous week.
Others argue this defense is less than compelling, given the fact that O'Reilly was by no means the only - or the most powerful - figure at the network to be hit with sexual harassment complaints.
This is not the first time Fox News has had problems with creating a hostile environment for women.
Last year, Trump defended former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who stepped down in July amid sexual harassment accusations of his own. Bill O'Reilly's response on Monday night was not.