Petition launched to stop Bill O'Reilly's appearance at Tampa's Amalie Arena
Bill O'Reilly may be off the air at Fox News. But his show in Tampa is still on.
A petition has been launched calling Amalie Arena and other venues around the country to cancel a series of tour stops featuring O'Reilly, comedian Dennis Miller and Fox News personality Jesse Watters. So far, the petition, launched by the social advocacy group Care2, has attained more than 22,000 supporters.
"Five venues in five cities have agreed to host Bill O'Reilly on his 'The Spin Stops Here' tour," the petition states. "But Bill O'Reilly is a misogynistic man who has been sexually harassing women for years."
O'Reilly's ouster from Fox News this week came on the heels of a New York Times report that five women were paid $13 million to hush sexual harassment allegations against the top-rated host. That prompted a mass advertiser walkout and ultimately cost O'Reilly his job. In a statement, O'Reilly called the claims "completely unfounded."
The petition states that along with venues in Anaheim, Las Vegas, Baltimore and Westbury, N.Y., Amalie Arena is "complicit in his behavior" by hosting O'Reilly's tour on Sept. 23. Canceling the show would "show the country they do not support sexual harassment in the workplace."
When asked about the petition Friday, an Amalie Arena spokeswoman said the show was still a go.
"We understand that for all of our shows, the decision to purchase a ticket and attend an event rests with the consumer -- and we respect the consumer's right to make a choice," Kevin Preast, senior vice president for event management for Amalie Arena, said in a statement.
O'Reilly's appearance in Tampa is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets are $65 and up. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin