But the question remains - Will Fox really pull the plug on 0'Reilly?
The Factor host announced his sabbatical at the end of his show on Tuesday, saying he was going to "grab some vacation, because it's spring and Easter time". O'Reilly says he usually vacations in the spring, and that this year's trip had been planned for months.
Almost 90 large national TV marketers - including carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and BMW of North America, and major pharmaceuticals GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer - have departed the show since sexual harassment issues surrounding Bill O'Reilly arose a week ago. He did not directly deny the allegations, including one that he blocked a junior colleague's career prospects after she declined to visit his hotel room one night. "Other than the vacation guest hosts, the "Factor" broadcast will remain unchanged until O'Reilly's return post-vacation", Fabiani said. Indeed, The O'Reilly Factor's reign as the most-watched cable show has continued even in the weeks since the new allegations emerged.
"The arrangements, including airline and hotel reservations, for this vacation were made last October", the O'Reilly camp said in a statement. Please show us another side of this important issue. "As a university, we value diversity, inclusion, and respect for all, and we take every measure to ensure our advertising is consistent with our core values".More news: UCLA gymnastics heads to Super Six after standout semifinal routines
Viewers seem less shy about keeping company with a potential misogyny.
The "O'Reilly Factor" continued that pace this week, averaging 3.7 million on Monday and Tuesday, the media tracking firm said on Wednesday. That's up 20% from the previous week. According to TV Newser, James led a peaceful protest outside of Fox News headquarters in the Big Apple. The media mogul behind Fox News parent 21st Century Fox assumed control after former network chief Roger Ailes was ousted amid a sexual harassment saga this summer, and he has acted more or less unilaterally on Fox News decisions, the source said.
She further added that she originally thought they were only talking about the job offer, however, O'Reilly allegedly started walking to a different direction and eventually said, "No, let's go to my suite".