Will Bill O’Reilly be in or out at Fox News?
As demonstrators rallied outside the network’s headquarters in New York Tuesday (where banners read “Fox, drop O’Reilly, the sexual predator”), media expert Matt Drudge tweeted, “O’Reilly has had tremendous run. Very few in the business get to decide when and how things end.”
Meanwhile, attorney Lisa Bloom announced that she is representing an African-American client, a Fox News clerical worker who says the TV host called her “hot chocolate” and “would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar.”
Bloom told The Hollywood Reporter, “He would leer at her … When no one else was around and she was scared.”
Bloom is also representing radio personality Wendy Walsh, who says she was forced out of the network after refusing advances from O’Reilly, who denied the allegations in a statement his lawyer Marc E. Kasowitz made to CNN.
The New York Times recently reported that at least five women at Fox have been paid off, to the tune of $13 million, to keep silent about being harassed by the commentator.
Director Judd Apatow supplied this tweet: “I met [O’Reilly] at a party and he looked at Halle Berry and said ‘beautiful woman. I bet she’s not the sharpest crayon in the box.’ A horrid man.”
The current allegations follow other litigation involving women — Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, most prominently — who say they were harassed or retaliated agains) by Fox execs, including ousted-CEO Roger Ailes.
O’Reilly, on a planned vacation until April 24, may be going on a permanent leave. Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Allstate and GlaxoSmithKline are among the firms that have pulled ads from the show.
AARON RODGERS UPDATE
Something always seems to be up with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
After ending a three-year romance with actress Olivia Munn, he was seen, solo, at teammate Randall Cobb’s wedding to Aiyda Ghahramani in New York over the weekend.
More interestingly, he was the subject of an eye-catching design by Denver tattoo artist Alisha Rice, who enraged some homophobes when she posted a piece of her work depicting a man wearing a jockstrap and Rodgers’ football jersey.
In honor of Super Duper Day 2017 on April 24, the outlet is giving away 100 burgers to the first 100 guests in line at each location (there are 10 in The City) beginning at 3 p.m.
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— Staff, wire reports