Insurance giant Allstate has pulled its advertising from a top-rated Fox News
show as a sexual harassment scandal at the network widens.
Allstate is one of several companies to pull its ads from The O’Reilly Factor
because of multiple sexual-harassment allegations leveled at host Bill O’Reilly.
“Inclusivity and support for women are important Allstate values,” the company told CNN Money. “We are concerned about the issues surrounding the program and we have suspended our advertising.”
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was also at the centre of a sexual-harassment scandal last year. In July, then-network president Roger Ailes was forced out after multiple allegations of harassment were lodged against him. However, the scandal appeared to have little effect on ratings or advertising for the nation’s most-watched cable news network.
Now, however, the continued scandal is beginning to have an impact on the business, according to a Bloomberg
report. Over the weekend, the New York Times
reported that five women had received payment from either Fox or O’Reilly himself in exchange for agreeing not to sue for sexual harassment. Shares of corporate parent company 21st
Century Fox dropped 1.2% to $31.78 at 1:48 EST on Tuesday. Through Monday, the stock was up 12% over the previous year, according to Bloomberg
. That was due in large part to Fox News
and O’Reilly, the network’s top host.
Fox News has said it is standing by O’Reilly. The host, for his part, said he was a target for allegations of sexual harassment because of his prominence.
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