Bill OReilly isbeing dropped by Fox News after weeks of public outcry over allegations of sexual harassment, according to CNN.
But was itthe womens claims of harassment that got OReilly dropped or the financial loss?
OReilly was accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by five women, the New York Times revealed at the beginning of April. OReilly has denied the allegations.
Rather than formally punish the popular TV host, Fox News paidaround $13 million to settle the cases quietly, trying to ensure that word would not get out about the accusations.
That payout wasnt enough to get Fox to drop OReilly. That came later, when more long-term financial effects, and a mounting PR storm, set in.
Fox Newss settlement plans didnt work, and the publiclearned of the multiple sexual harassment allegations against OReilly.
This led to major criticism of the network, including public protests and a lot of shouting on social media.
The outrage was especially pronounced as this is not the first time Fox News has faced a sexual harassment scandal. Last summer, former anchorGretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment and wrongful termination.
More women came forward, and Ailes resigned in late July. Ailes denied the allegations.
Demonstrations against OReilly took place on the streets and on social media at #DropOReilly prompting advertisers to leave Fox News.
This action was largely led by Color of Change, who publicly pressured businesses to stop advertising on Fox News.
With the public pressure, over 50 companies, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Allstate, Bayer andGlaxoSmithKline, stopped advertising on Fox News after news of the sexual harassment claims were reported.
Now, Fox News is going to get rid of OReilly, despite his high ratings.
Fox News announced on Wednesday afternoon that OReilly would not be returning to the channel after a thorough and careful review of the allegations.
Hes on a conveniently timed vacation now in Italy, where he just met the Pope.
OReilly will not be returning.
Five women speaking out was not initially enough to move Fox News.
OReillykept his job as allegations continued to surface.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is still a major issue and the safety of women is oftenat risk. According to the Huffington Post, one in three women experience sexual harassment in the workplace.
Until women are valued, situations like this will continue to occur.
But, as we saw, there are solutions if enough women work together to create a financial impact.
Money is a powerful force, but corporations arent the only ones who can use it.