John Oliver Wants Ad Time On 'The O'Reilly Factor' To Make The Best Point — VIDEO
Sunday on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took a look at another cable TV star, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. He began by explaining the story rocking the network: sexual harassment allegations against the star. According to selections from The New York Times, accusers have claimed "verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances." On his website, O'Reilly denied the allegations, claiming that his celebrity made him vulnerable to such claims. Now, Oliver wants to buy ad time on The O'Reilly Factor for a pretty great reason.
O'Reilly of course denies the claims. He wrote on his website on April 1:
Just like other prominent and controversial people, I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.
Still, he has paid out some $13 million in claims since 2002, suggesting this isn't a new controversy. To give voice to the women who are accusing him, Oliver detailed the alleged experience of Wendy Walsh, a former guest on the O'Reilly Factor who came out on April 3 alleging that she was treated differently after declining to join the host in his room after what was meant to be a professional dinner. She claimed he remarkably changed his attitude and started picking on her.
The public — and just as importantly, advertisers — have perhaps already made their decision. According to Glamour, more than 60 advertisers have pulled their ad dollars from the show.
Well, that opens up quite an opportunity for Oliver. He's been airing ads on cable news to teach President Trump about various issues like nuclear weapons and healthcare. But why stop there?
Trump is actually one of the few people to stand by O'Reilly during this whole mess, so Oliver wanted to get him a message:
Howdy, again, I'm a professional cowboy and I use catheters, and there's two things I know: I don't like pain when I cath and repeated unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks at the workplace constitutes sexual harassment. If there's a power disparity between the two parties, well, that's about as inappropriate as lubricating a catheter with hot sauce, partner. Why would you do that?
I hope Trump gets the message, because harassment at the workplace is no laughing matter.
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