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>> BMW, Mercedes Benz, Allstate, all part of a growing list of companies yanking their ads from Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox News. The corporate backlash a response to a New York Times report saying O'Reilly paid five women up to $13 million in recent years to settle claims that he sexually harassed them.
But so far Fox is standing by O'Reilly, says Reuters' correspondent Tim Basinger.>> Well Bill O'Reilly's been the most watched cable news host in prime time for pretty much the last decade. He is a lot of the reason Fox news is as strong as they've been over their rivals.
This puts Fox in a pretty huge bind. It's interesting because all of this is coming as ratings have never been higher for the network. But when you have enough advertisers that can collectively exert pressure, that's when you might actually see something happen.>> The National Organization for Women on Tuesday called for O'Reilly to be fired and demanded an independent investigation into the, quote, culture of sexual harassment at Fox News.
On Monday radio TV personality Dr. Wendy Walsh, once a regular contributor on O'Reilly's show, went public with accusations that O'Reilly retaliated against her for rebuffing his sexual advances.>> And then very soon after he had the executive producer of the show call me and say that they're gonna take a break from the segment for a little while.
But they'd start up again later. Hey, I'm not litigious. I don't want any money. There's no lawsuit. It's just authentic honesty.>> O'Reilly issuing a statement over the weekend saying, quote, the worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel.
Last year the news network was forced to fire long-time chairman Roger Ailes after similar allegations. The O'Reilly Factor is Fox News' most watched program and is coming off the highest rated first quarter in its history, averaging 4 million viewers a night.