Stephanie Ruhle on O’Reilly’s Ouster: ‘It’s Progress and Progress Should Be Celebrated’

Following the announcement by Fox News that they were parting ways with Bill O’Reilly amid accusations of his sexual harassment scandal, Fox’s cable news competitors immediately began reporting on the news and commenting on the whole situation.

On MSNBC, host Stephanie Ruhle called in minutes after the story dropped to give her take on this stunner. Ruhle immediately stated that this showed how much power women have with advertisers.

“For those advertisers to start to clue into the fact it is women who control more household income and spending than men do in their homes,” she said. “They’re starting to say, ‘It doesn’t make sense — what this program or this personality represents is not reflective of our brand.'”

Following a New York Times report earlier this month detailing numerous sexual harassment settlements paid out by O’Reilly over the years, dozens of advertisers jumped ship from The O’Reilly Factor.

Ruhle also brought the current presidential administration into the discussion, saying that we’re seeing a “rollback of equality legislation” under President Donald Trump, noting that women may be worried that “we’re moving backwards.” She contrasted this with companies, including Fox News, saying this is not what they represent.

“It’s positive,” Ruhle noted. “And if you say, ‘Fox should have done it before,’ well you know what, it’s progress and progress should be celebrated.”

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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