Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

US Rep. Maxine Waters: Bill O'Reilly 'needs to go to jail'

Before he cut to his first commercial break of the night on Thursday, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly teased a series of segments that would come, he said, "after these messages". While Hayes asked a bevy of questions regarding Trump's comments on Syria and his meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II, it was Waters' comments on O'Reilly's harassment charges and Trump's support of O'Reilly that caused him to pause and seemingly force himself not to smile.

While not many people have publicly supported O'Reilly since the New York Times revealed that he had paid almost $13 million in five separate sexual harassment settlements, Trump asserted that he does not believe the allegations against the Fox News star.

In 2011, Fox News terminated its contract with Glenn Beck after 200 companies pulled their advertisements. She's supposed to be the one that's standing up for women.

On Wednesday, the pugnacious conservative received the endorsement of Fox's most highly placed fan, President Donald Trump, who called O'Reilly "a good person" in an interview with the Times on Wednesday. This week around 50 advertisers left Mr O'Reilly's programme, "The O'Reilly Factor", among them several auto brands, including Mercedes-Benz and Toyota's Lexus, as well as GlaxoSmithKline, a drugs company.

Fox News did not respond to a request for comment. While it remains to be seen if Fox will continue to stand by him, there is now a direct cost associated with doing business with Bill O'Reilly and Fox News.

O'Reilly's ratings have not suffered as a result of the controversy as the 67-year-old host has outpaced his closest competition, "The Rachel Maddow Show", by more than a million viewers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, according to Nielsen Research.

Waters went on to criticize Ivanka Trump's silence on the matter, saying, "I think she either advised [Trump] wrong or she's absent and she's not in it".

O'Reilly ultimately agreed to pay Mackris $9 million, and the two parties issued a joint statement claiming "no wrongdoing whatsoever" had occurred.

Waters also criticized President Donald Trump for defending the Fox News star, saying his words of support are "coming out of the mouth of someone who has said some bad things about women".

"It's coming out of the mouth of someone who has said some bad things about women", Waters said.

O'Reilly, 67, claimed he has never had a complaint filed against him either with the human resources department or an anonymous hotline.

"They went through the scenario of the tape, why it was harassment and why it's something you should report", the employee said, according to the report.

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