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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)

Bill O'Reilly is taking a vacation as advertisers abandon his show over a sex scandal


Bill O'Reilly, host of "The O'Reilly Factor," has announced he is going on vacation.

Dozens of advertisers have left the show after a New York Times story reported O'Reilly had settled multiple sexual harassment lawsuits for $13 million. A Kantar Media analysis revealed the show's advertising time had been cut by more than half since the April 1 report.

O'Reilly said the vacation was booked in the fall and that he regularly takes vacations around this time of year. 

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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)

Despite the advertiser backlash, O'Reilly's show has continued to thrive. It averaged 3.7 million viewers last week, up 12 percent form the week before. The previous quarter was its biggest quarter ever, averaging just under 4 million viewers.

If you can possibly take two good trips a year, it will refresh your life. We all need R&R. Put it to good use.
Bill O'Reilly

O'Reilly encouraged his viewers to take vacation as well.

O'Reilly has insisted he has done nothing wrong. President Trump has publicly defended him.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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