Amid the damaging sexual harassment allegations that have emerged against Bill O’Reilly this month, Fox News Channel’s top-rated host announced he is taking a vacation.
At the end of his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” on Tuesday, the host said he had scheduled a trip “last fall,” which would have been long before the New York Times published a story revealing that O’Reilly and his network have paid $13 million to five women as settlements for sexual harassment complaints.
Around this time of year, O’Reilly said on his show, “I grab some vacation, because it’s spring and Easter time. Last fall, I booked a trip that should be terrific.” He will return April 24, Fox News told reporters.
O’Reilly spokesman Mark Fabiani told CNNMoney that O’Reilly will be replaced by rotating substitute hosts during his absence.