She was an office worker for a colleague of O'Reilly's back in 2008 when she started noticing that O'Reilly would make a grunting noise as he passed her desk. "At the same time, if a woman believes she is being intimidated and harassed, she needs to stand up and do something about it, not stick around for a paycheck for years and years and years and then after the fact complain about what she went through".
"He let me off first, as gentlemen usually do", she said, "and I walked in front of him and as I was leaving the elevator, he said, 'Looking good there, girl'". "He had no reason to be at my desk at all".
At the time, Steel tweeted out O'Reilly's threat against her. "I did not want to", she added. "I was mortified because not only was it sexual, I took that as a very plantational remark".
"But he didn't look at me when he said it", she said.
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"How did you feel when you heard he was sacked?" host Whoopi Goldberg asked. "Men - and I know men real well, being a manly man - are barbarians". "He was reminding me in his world I am just a sex object that just talks on his show". His show, "The O'Reilly Factor", had some of the highest ratings in cable news.it was a primary advertising revenue generator for Fox. The TV personality has maintained his innocence, saying in a statement that "it is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today", Mr O'Reilly said in the statement.
Sarah Palin said Thursday the corporate culture at Fox News - particularly how the network treats women - needs to change.
O'Reilly's alleged predatory behavior toward women has been ongoing for many years, but what put the wheels in motion for his ousting was an April 1st article from the New York Times. "Fox is not going to pay all of that, but they are going to pay one year's worth".
O'Reilly denies all the allegations of sexual harrasment.