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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, political commentator Bill O'Reilly attends the National Geographic Channel's "Killing Kennedy" world premiere screening reception at The Newseum, in Washington. O'Reilly says he thinks television viewers trust him despite accusations he stretched the truth when he was a young reporter covering straight news. He said on the CBS "Late Show" on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the controversy "worked out OK" for him and he "got even more viewers." (Photo by Paul Morigi/Invision/AP, File)

22 companies have pulled ads from Bill O'Reilly's show amid sexual harassment claims


UPDATE April 5, 6:29 a.m. EST: The number of companies who have pulled their ads from "The O'Reilly Factor" has increased to 22, ABC News reported late Tuesday

Those companies include: GlaxoSmithKline, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Constant Contact, Untuckit, Sanofi Consumer Care, Allstate, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition/Rachael Ray Nutrish, T. Rowe Price, Mitsubishi, Wayfair, MileIQ, Lexus, Bayer, Esurance, Credit Karma, True Car, The Wonderful Company, Society of Human Resources Management, Coldwell Banker and Orkin.

The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer...
Bill O'Reilly

O'Reilly wrote in a statement on his website on Saturday that he is "vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity." 

UPDATE 2:51 p.m. EST:  Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Allstate, Constant Contact, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Consumer Care, T. Rowe Price and Untuckit have also pulled ads from the "O'Reilly Factor," according to NBC News, bringing the total number of lost advertisers to 10.

On Sunday, The New York Times reported Bill O'Reilly or his employer, Fox News, had settled five lawsuits related to sexual harassment of coworkers for $13 million.

By Tuesday, three leading car companies had pulled their ads from his show, CNN Money reported. Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and BMW all announced they would not advertise on the show. 

21st Century Fox said it "takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously" but stood by O'Reilly, adding the accusers didn't use a company hotline for such incidents.

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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor," poses for photos in New York. O'Reilly responded on his show Tuesday, July 26, 2016, to first lady Michelle Obama's remarks during her speech at the Democratic National Convention Monday that she wakes up "every morning in a house that was built by slaves." O'Reilly said the slaves who helped build the White House "were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Earlier this year, the Times reported Fox News had paid an anchor to keep her from suing O'Reilly. Juilet Huddy said at one point, O'Reilly called her on the phone and sounded like he was masturbating.

In a Sept. 29, 2006 file photo, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at Fox News in New York. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)

The accusation against O'Reilly come on the heels of another sexual harassment that led to former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes' ouster.

The Times' recent report said O'Reilly would grow close to female coworkers and offer to help them advance their careers. Later, he would pursue sexual relationships, causing them to fear if they did not accept his advances, he would ruin their careers. 

One of his accusers, Wendy Walsh, told CNN she didn't want money, just a "non-toxic work environment for my daughters and their generation."

O'Reilly has not addressed the reports on his show. 

Bill O'Reilly, you call out whiners as delicate snowflakes. But you're the one whining now.
Lisa Bloom, lawyer for one of O'Reilly's accusers

The advertisers' decision to back out comes after "The O'Reilly Factor"'s highest-rated quarter ever, drawing about 4 million viewers per night. 

Twitter handle @StopOReilly has urged advertisers by name to pull their ads.

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