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Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox News after allegations of sexual harassment, but it’s all systems go for the anchor’s live “The Spin Stops Here Tour,” despite some pressure on arenas to cancel appearances.
The show stars O’Reilly along with comedian Dennis Miller and Jesse Watters, best known for his humorous on-the-street interviews on the now-canceled The O’Reilly Factor.
As of Friday, Ticketmaster was still selling standard tickets for $65 and VIP seats for $500, the latter of which includes a meeting and photo opportunity with the three stars and an autographed gift bag. Ticketmaster, owned by Live Nation, had no comment on Friday.
Show promoter Icon Concerts didn’t respond to a request for comment, though “The Spin Stops Here Tour” was still listed at its website Friday, and tickets were still for sale via Ticketmaster there, as well.
“The Spin Stops Here Tour” starts with two sold-out shows June 17 at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in New York, then heads to Baltimore, Tampa, Las Vegas and Anaheim.
But not if Care2 has its way.
Care2 is a for-profit, online petition company for progressive causes, and it has collected more than 22,000 signatures so far asking venues to cancel the shows due to the allegations against O’Reilly.
Before Fox News and O’Reilly officially parted ways Wednesday, Care2 says it was instrumental in getting Jenny Craig to pull its ads off of The O’Reilly Factor by presenting the dieting company with a petition signed by 30,000 people.
Two years ago, Care2 presented a petition encouraging an Atlanta venue to cancel a Bill Cosby appearance because of allegations of sexual misconduct. That effort failed, so Care2 helped organize a protest outside of the arena, with attorney Gloria Allred and some of Cosby’s accusers in attendance.
It’s too soon to commit to a similar strategy, both Allred and Care2 manager Julie Mastrine told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.
“There are no plans for protests now, but we won’t rule it out, either,” said Mastrine. “We haven’t delivered the signatures yet, so it’s impossible to say.”
O’Reilly, Miller and Watters were unavailable for comment.
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