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Fox renewed O'Reilly despite knowing of harassment claims

Fox renewed O'Reilly despite knowing of harassment claims”

Gretchen Carlson, O'Reilly's former colleague, slammed Fox News for re-signing the host to a four-year-contract despite the various settlements and allegations. He also claimed that no woman ever spoke to human resources or the legal department about his behavior in his 21 years at Fox News.

Earlier in the show, Kelly displayed the letter that she wrote to Shine and Abernethy after seeing O'Reilly go on CBS News and respond in anger about "making his network look bad" when asked about the allegations she made against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes in her memoir, released in November of past year.

"I'm not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad", O'Reilly said during the November 15, 2016 appearance.

O'Reilly was ousted months later when it was revealed Fox had paid five women a total of $13 million to keep quiet about harassment allegations. "I'm not going to sit here in a courtroom for a year and a half and let my kids get beaten up every single day of their lives by a tabloid press that would sit there, and you know it".

O'Reilly hosts his No Spin News podcast on his website, contributes to Glenn Beck's radio program on TheBlaze and continues to write books in his best-selling series of historical Killing books, including his newest release, Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence. And though she says she was told O'Reilly had been dealt with, he then repeated similar statements on The O'Reilly Factor that evening. "And by that I mean he was permitted, with management's advance notice and blessing, to go on the air and attack the company's harassment victims yet again".

"This is not unique to Fox News, " Kelly said. He died this May.

David French, Senior Fellow at National Review Institute, also responded to O'Reilly's renewed contract.

21st Century Fox paid out close to $100 million dollars to settle all the cases, Fabiani said, adding that in O'Reilly's 20 years working at the channel not one complaint was filed against him by a co-worker, even on an anonymous hotline. "Megyn Kelly Today" talk show addressing the latest revelation of an O'Reilly sexual harassment settlement.

The New York Times reported Saturday the company renewed O'Reilly's contract after he reached a $32 million settlement with the analyst, Lis Wiehl. She said she understands the roadblocks women see when speaking out about sexual harassment, something an emotional Huddy explained as, "You are just this one person about to go up against a machine". Huddy said she was "terrified" by what Fox News has the power to do against people who speak out against it.

On his show that night, O'Reilly said, "Don't run down the concern that supports you by trying to undermine it, " about any women who feel they have been harassed.

O'Reilly told the Times he "never mistreated anyone" but settled to protect his children, for whom he had been entangled in a custody battle at the time of the lawsuit.



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