Monday, July 24, 2017

Bill O’Reilly

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Hey, he still has Angie's List.

After the latest revelations regarding sexual harassment lawsuits settled by Bill O’Reilly and Fox News, Mercedes-Benz removed advertisements from O’Reilly’s Monday show on the network.

Manager Corporate Communications at Mercedes-Benz, Donna Boland, responded to a question by CNN Money regarding their advertisements on the show.

“Yes, we had advertising running on The O’Reilly Factor (we run on most major cable news shows) and it has been reassigned in the midst of this controversy,” she commented. “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.”

CNN Money reportedly spoke to over 20 advertisers; some said they were closely “monitoring” the situation, but none suggested they would stop advertising like Mercedes-Benz.

Jenny Craig also said they condemned all sexual harassment, but refused to provide any comments on the matter at hand.

“As a matter of corporate policy, we do not publicly comment on our advertising strategy,” a spokesperson told CNN Money. “What I can tell you is that we are constantly evaluating our media buys to maximize the efficiency of our corporate investment and effectively reach our target audience.”

According to the New York Times report published on Saturday, the amount paid out to at least five women by Fox News and Bill O’Reilly, in exchange for their silence and an agreement to not pursue litigation, totaled to around $13 million.

“Fox News has a very tired, tattered playbook, and that is, ‘attack, attack attack!’” an attorney for a former Fox News contributor who has made harassment allegations said, “especially women who speak out against their moneymakers.”

“So what she told me off the record were a lot of stories of other women who are under gag orders,” Wendy Walsh, a popular LA Radio host, told reporters, “who cannot talk, they have been silenced. And they had to take that money because they were facing potential economic ruin. And I felt like my story was so mild that I had to be a voice for them. Because nobody can buy my voice. My voice is not for sale. My truth is not for sale.”

According to various reports, Fox News has earned nearly $450 million in ad revenue from O’Reilly’s show from 2014 to 2016.

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Fox News to lose Megyn Kelly to CNN

Megyn Kelly has become a huge star in cable news and the number one network, Fox News, may lose their number one female anchor.

Today, the Drudge Report posted a picture of Megyn Kelly with the headline “Exclusive: Megyn Kelly May Jump Network”.

Drudge is reporting that Jeff Zucker, the head of CNN is doing everything he can to get Megyn Kelly. A source close to the dealings between Kelly and CNN said Zucker is moving mountains.

“He is moving the Himalayan Mountains to get her, but they are tripped up on money. He simply can’t pay her the $20 million a year FOX has on the table.”

Her stardom would rise, but would she ever leave Fox?

During the summer months of 2016, Fox News was caught in a sexual abuse scandal. Roger Ailes, the only CEO Fox News has ever had, was accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment by several leading ladies at Fox News.

Gretchen Carlson, the former 1989 Miss America, accused her co-host Steve Doocy and Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Gretchen settled out of court for $20 million.

Andrea Tantaros, who also accused Ailes of sexual misconduct was offered a seven-figure settlement, but refused it according to Tantaros’ lawyer in a statement to Variety.

Megyn Kelly was also one of the ladies that Ailes was inappropriate with and allegedly made unwanted sexual advances. When other top anchors came out to support Ailes as the allegations were flying over the summer, Megyn was silent.

Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren and many more supported Ailes, but the allegations became too much and the CEO was let go.

Megyn Kelly wanted Ailes out and she got what she wanted, and as the election moved into the final months, more controversy started to bubble.

Fellow Fox anchor Sean Hannity attacked Kelly and called her a Clinton supporter back in October.

Tensions have cooled since the election, and Fox News finished with its highest month in four years. A lot of that has to do with Megyn Kelly.

Kelly’s show, The Kelly File had its most watched month since it launched with 3.4 million total viewers.

To top it all off, Megyn Kelly’s new book, “Settle for More” was also released in November and hit number one on the New York Times best seller list. Her ratings rival Bill O’Reilly is number two on the list.

Megyn Kelly is on top of her game, and if there was ever a time she could capitalize on a move, it would be right now. She has a hit show, she has a hit book and she is respected for going head to head against Trump.

If what Drudge is reporting is true, and Kelly is leaving Fox News, she couldn’t have picked a better time.

Plus if she does leave Fox, she will most likely be put in the 8pm spot which would give her the chance to go head to head with Bill O’Reilly, and that may be all the incentive she needs.

Do you think Megyn Kelly is going to leave Fox News? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Fox News

UPDATE: Roger Ailes has stepped down as CEO and Rupert Murdoch, owner of 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, will step in as the Chairman and CEO. Read more here.

The original story as published is below:

Fox News is in big trouble over sexual abuse and it could cost them some of the their biggest stars, their CEO, and huge dips in ratings.

Roger Ailes has built Fox News and has turned it into the powerhouse that it is today. Fox dominates in all demographics across all cable news, but things could be changing.

It all started when former Miss America and Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit claiming sexual harassment from Ailes. She decided to move forward with the lawsuit when her contract was not renewed.

For a while, it looked like Gretchen was going to be hung out to dry and Ailes would make it through the scandal.

Following Gretchen’s claims, other Fox News women defended Ailes. Sandra Smith, an anchor on Fox said she has “never been instructed on the length of my skirt or the color of my lipstick”.

Harris Faulkner and Martha MacCallum, two rising starts at Fox also defended Ailes and Fox News.

Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, announced that he was conducting an internal investigation into the matter, and it looked like Ailes might be in the clear.

Then Megyn Kelly spoke up.

Megyn said that she had unwanted contact with Ailes and he did harass her as well. The blonde bombshell dropped a bombshell on Ailes and his future at Fox News.

Megyn is easily the next in line to rule the network behind Bill O’Reilly. Bill has been number one for over a decade and Megyn shot to fame this past year with her feud with Donald Trump.

This is where it gets interesting. The top dog, Bill O’Reilly has in his contract that he can leave the network if Roger Ailes leaves. That means that he could get out of his contract and do whatever he wanted.

If that happened, then Megyn Kelly would be the top dog at the network all by herself. Ironically, Megyn’s contract is up and under negotiation.

Whether intentional or not, by her speaking about the sexual harassment of Ailes, it could catapult her to the top of Fox News and the number one anchor in cable news.

The rumor is that Rupert Murdoch likes Ailes, but his two sons want to bring in someone new. Decision time is coming.

Fox News is expected to make a decision after the Republican Convention on whether to keep Ailes or let him go.

If they do let Ailes go, Breitbart is reporting that at least 50 anchors and contributors will leave the network with him to start something new. The list of 50 includes almost everyone, but Megyn Kelly.

Imagine turning on Fox on Monday and not seeing Bill, Sean Hannity, Greta, Shep Smith, Bret Baier, Eric Bolling, Fox and Friends and Geraldo Rivera.

Fox is in a real mess, but what do you think they should do? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bill O'Reilly

Bill O’Reilly is the biggest thing in cable news. His show The O’Reilly Factor has been number one for over a decade and has over two million people watch his show each night on Fox News. He is a bestselling author and he isn’t afraid to talk to anyone!

When the cable news giant decided to be a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, things got heated.

Everyone knows that Stephen Colbert, the former Comedy Central star, is not what you would call a conservative. He is a major voice for the progressive movement.

You would expect Bill and Colbert to clash, but they didn’t. They took some jabs at each other, but the Late Show host seemed earnestly interested in learning why Trump is doing so well.

Bill tried to explain it, and he got heated. Not at Colbert as you would expect, but at the Republican establishment. Bill uses “Kate’s Law” as an example to explain why the Republican leadership is failing and causing Trump to rise in the polls.

Stephen is respectful and listens the whole time, but Bill is visibly upset. He is angry and frustrated at the Republican leadership and that sentiment is shared by so many on the right.

Watch the clip with the Colbert and O’Reilly exchange and see why so many Americans feel the same way.

Do you feel like Bill does? Is Bill O’Reilly right? Let us know in the comments by scrolling down below.


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