Fox kept Bill O'Reilly despite $32M sexual harassment settlement

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Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was let go from his longtime gig as host of "The O'Reilly Factor" after The New York Times reported Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, had shelled out $13 million to settle sexual harassment claims against their star anchor.

Fabiani also bragged about the "record breaking" contract that O'Reilly signed in February of this year, a month after he settled with Wiehl, while adding that April's blockbuster by the Times that reported on O'Reilly's other sexual harassment allegations included "inaccurate settlement figures".

Ms. Wiehl agreed to destroy all communications between her and Mr. O'Reilly and eventually signed an affidavit dated January 17 retracting the allegations and promising not to sue, the report said.

The settlement with Wiehl, which took only 15 days to wrap up, came not long before the Times released its report detailing O'Reilly's five other settlements.

October 21, 2017: The New York Times publishes its article on the settlement reportedly worth $32 million between O'Reilly and Wiehl.

"His new contract, which was made at a time typical for renewals of multi-year talent contracts, added protections for the company specifically aimed at harassment, including that Mr. O'Reilly could be dismissed if the company was made aware of other allegations or if additional relevant information was obtained in a company investigation", the spokesman added.

Mr. O'Reilly struck the $32 million deal with Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl in January, two people told The Times - about six months after Fox News ousted its former chairman over separate allegations of sexual harassment, and a month before 21st Century Fox upped Mr. O'Reilly's annual salary from about $18 million to $25 million.

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That's right, Bill. Women started accusing you of sexual harassment over a decade ago as part of a grand master plan that allowed you to continue hosting the top-rated cable news show and amassing millions of dollars for years.

O'Reilly lost his job at Fox in April after The Times revealed the existence of other settlements with women who had accused him of sexual harassment or verbal abuse.

"The company subsequently acted based on the terms of this contract", the statement continued. They note that O'Reilly's new contract stipulated they had the ability to fire him should new allegations arise.

Mr. O'Reilly learned on January 2 that Ms. Wiehl meant to sue him for sexual harassment, according to The New York Times report.

In what the Times described as a "combative and defiant" O'Reilly, the former Fox host said in an interview on Wednesday that there was no merit to any of the allegations against him. He concluded, "Finally, in the more than 20 years Bill O'Reilly worked at Fox News, not one complaint was filed against him with the Human Resources Department or Legal Department by a coworker, even on the anonymous hotline. In its first article about Mr. O'Reilly on April 1st, The New York Times printed inaccurate settlement figures while fully understanding that O'Reilly and his counsel are legally bound by confidentiality and can not set the record straight". "The Times failed to print them, too".

O'Reilly said in a statement at the time that he had settled only to spare his children from the controversy.

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