Women's rights group UltraViolet released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter following the news Bill O'Reilly is departing Fox News amidst sexual harassment claims.
"Bill O'Reilly is a serial sexual predator, a bigot, and a misogynist. He will not be missed," said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet. A day prior to the Fox News announcement, UltraViolet staged a protest at Fox News headquarters in New York City. They also flew a plane with a banner reading "Fox: #DropOReilly, The Sexual Predator" over the city.
"But Fox News' problem with sexual harassment and assault is way bigger than just Bill O'Reilly," said Thomas. Her organization said that the next scandal for Fox News might be "just months away" and that it should fire "all those found guilty of, or complicit in, covering up sexual harassment" at the company
Read UltraViolet's full statement below:
"Bill O'Reilly is a serial sexual predator, a bigot and a misogynist. He will not be missed.
"But Fox News' problem with sexual harassment and assault is way bigger than just Bill O'Reilly. For years, Fox News executives, like Bill Shine, have provided cover for systematic sexual harassment and abuse of Fox News' employees. From Roger Ailes to Bill O'Reilly, Fox News has consistently failed to provide a workplace safe from sexual harassment and abuse - and that's a big problem.
"The fact that Fox News is only taking action against O'Reilly after an investigation revealed that they could be defrauding shareholders by not revealing payments made to cover up the abuse, isn't lost on anyone. The first accusations of sexual assault lobbed against Bill O'Reilly at Fox News were made more than 13 years ago.
"Unless Fox News makes the results of the investigation public, and fires all those found guilty of, or complicit in, covering up sexual harassment - advertisers and the general public will continue to have cause for concern. With reports that dozens of additional women at the network have not yet come forward with allegations of sexual harassment, the next scandal for the network may just be months away.