Trump: O'Reilly 'a good person' who shouldn't have settled sexual harassment claims

President Trump praised Bill O'Reilly in a new interview amid reports of payoffs to five women who accused the Fox News host of sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct.

“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump told The New York Times.

“I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled,” the president continued. “Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” 

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Trump was last seen with O'Reilly during a pre-Super Bowl interview on Fox in February. O'Reilly has interviewed Trump dozens of times as a presidential candidate and prior to the launch of his campaign. The pair had also been seen over the years at public events in New York, including Knicks and Yankees games.

An increasing number of advertisers have been pulling their commercials from “The O’Reilly Factor” following a report that O'Reilly paid $13 million to five women to settle sexual harassment allegations.

As of Wednesday morning, 21 companies had pulled their ads from the top-rated prime-time cable news program, according to CNN.

Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Constant Contact, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Orkin, Untuckit, Allstate, Esurance, T. Rowe Price, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Credit Karma, Wayfair, TrueCar, the Society for Human Resource Management and The Wonderful Company all pulled ads from the program, CNN reports.

Fox News said in a statement Tuesday that the ads had been moved to other programs on the network.