Seeing the downfall of former Fox News megastar Bill O’Reilly was delicious. After it was discovered he had settled several sexual harassment cases – some of which Fox News bigwigs knew about – the network had to let him go. Thus, the reign and legacy of Bill O’Reilly ended.
Don’t think though that he still isn’t claiming he’s innocent and is actually the true victim throughout the entire ordeal, however. In an interview with The Daily, O’Reilly spoke with Emily Steel and Michael Schmidt and, of course, the topic turned to the recent revelation that he settled a $32 million settlement before having his contract with Fox News renewed. The New York Times reported it was his sixth settlement, at least.
At the end of the 22-minute long interview, O’Reilly, however, lost his cool and went off on reporters claiming he was really the victim.
‘It’s horrible what I went through, horrible what my family went through. This is crap and you know it.’
He went on to make claims he had proof that the accusations were politically and financially motivated, but he didn’t want to put his family through the legal process.
‘It’s politically and financially motivated, and we can prove it with shocking information, but I’m not going to sit here in a courtroom for a year and a half and let my kids get beaten up every single day of their lives by a tabloid press that sits there, and you know it.’
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 23, 2017
Honestly, it’s not surprising. O’Reilly will never own up to his actions. He will never apologize, and he will continue to spit venom while licking his wounds. He will continue to blatantly lie about the claims including the blatantly false claim no one ever complained about his behavior. Megyn Kelly, former Fox News host turned NBC host, however, addressed that claim and shot it down.
‘O’Reilly calls the Times report a malicious smear claiming that no woman in 20 years ever complained to human resources or legal about him. Maybe that is true. Fox News was not exactly a friendly environment for harassment victims who wanted to report in my experience. However, O’Reilly’s suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained.’
Although we have issues with Kelly, we don’t take issue with this. No one person deserves to be sexually harassed, and that includes Kelly. Furthermore, no one should have their complaint dismissed. She went on to describe the harassment. It happened when her memoir had been released in 2016. In the book, she included a section on the Fox News Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal. She continued:
‘O’Reilly happened to be on CBS News that morning. They asked him about my book and about Ailes who by this time had been forced out in disgrace.’
She played a clip of O’Reilly saying he wasn’t interested in anything that would make his network look bad. She responded to the comments O’Reilly made by sending an email to Bill Shine and Jack Abernathy. She read an excerpt from that email:
‘Perhaps he didn’t realize the kind of message his criticism sends to young women across this country about how men continue to view the issue of speaking out about sexual harassment…
Perhaps it’s his own history of harassment of women which has, as you both know, resulted in payouts to more than one woman, including recently, that blinded him to the folly of saying anything other than “I am just so sorry for the women of this company who never should have had to go through that.”‘
In response to the email, Shine called Kelly and promised he would take care of it. She revealed O’Reilly was allowed to go on air and attack the harassment victims live. She said he had the blessing of management.
Kelly then called out Media Relations Chief Irena Briganti for her vindictiveness. She claimed Briganti still pushes negative articles on Ailes’ accusers including Kelly herself.
She also added she did not enjoy reporting such things about her former employer; however, the sexual harassment had to stop.
‘But this must stop. The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threatening, the retaliation, the silencing of them after the fact… it has to stop.’
The segment seems sincere. However, many accused Kelly of being desperate for ratings. Several of those individuals were also men. You can listen to the entire segment below and can check out the responses to Kelly’s segment after.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 23, 2017
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