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Don Lemon calls Fox News hypocritical after reports of O'Reilly settlement

Don Lemon calls Fox News hypocritical after reports of O'Reilly settlement

After the settlement - which was made in January and marks the sixth agreement to settle harassment allegations against him - O'Reilly's contract extension was granted for $25 million a year.

On Saturday morning, The New York Times broke a story revealing that former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly paid for a $32 million sexual harassment settlement a month before his contract was renewed last January.

O'Reilly reportedly sent Wiehl a great deal of sexually explicit material as part of his continued harassment, including sending her gay pornography, according to the report.

Here are the facts: after the Chairman of Fox News Roger Ailes was sacked in July 2016, dozens of women accused scores of male employees of Fox News of harassment - including the current co-president of Fox News Jack Abernathy.

You can read the whole New York Times report here.

The Fox spokesman also explained that new conditions were placed in O'Reilly's contract that said the company could dismiss him should new or additional information surface regarding the sexual misconduct allegations.

"After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel", 21st Century Fox said in a statement at the time. He died in May this year.

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21st Century Fox said in a statement on the matter, "When the company renewed Bill O'Reilly's contract in February, it knew that a sexual harassment lawsuit had been threatened against him by Lis Wiehl, but was informed by Mr. O'Reilly that he had settled the matter personally, on financial terms that he and Ms. Wiehl had agreed were confidential and not disclosed to the company".

21st Century Fox settled nearly all these cases, paying out close to $100 million.

The Associated Press emailed Wiehl on Saturday seeking comment.

In its first article about Mr. O'Reilly on April 1, The New York Times printed inaccurate settlement figures while fully understanding that O'Reilly and his counsel are legally bound by confidentiality and can not set the record straight. The New York Times first reported the previous five settlements in April, spurring outcry that ended in Mr. O'Reilly's ouster.

According to the Times, Fox negotiated his contract to include new provisions that would allow O'Reilly to be let go if new allegations came to light.

O'Reilly hosts his "No Spin News" podcast on his website, www.billoreilly.com, contributes to Glenn Beck's radio program on TheBlaze and continues to write books in his best-selling series of historical "Killing" books, including his newest release, "Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence".


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