Bill O'Reilly Watch
September 27, 2017

On Tuesday's night's Hannity, Bill O'Reilly made his first guest appearance on Fox News since being pushed out over serial sexual harassment settlements in April. He began by congratulating nominal host Sean Hannity for getting better ratings than MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday night, a win he attributed to President Trump's feud with the NFL. "Last night, Hannity kicked MSNBC's butt," he said. Hannity cut in: "No, no, we can say ass," a suggestion O'Reilly waved off. "He's taking over, five seconds in," Hannity said, laughing. "Stop," O'Reilly commanded. "He didn't beat that woman, didn't eke by, slaughtered her."

The anger over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence against minorities is bigger than football, O'Reilly said. The "left" has moved from using the phrase "white privilege" last year to "'white supremacist' now and people are buying it," he said. "Why? Because the far left agents — and I think they're evil — want to destroy the Constitution in the sense that they want it all changed. ... They don't want capitalism, they don't want the Electoral College, they don't want white people generally calling the shots." In earlier interviews, O'Reilly blamed "evil forces" for getting him fired. Peter Weber

April 20, 2017

Bill O'Reilly was on his way to the airport in Rome when he found out that 21st Century Fox was giving him the boot, Sarah Ellison reports at Vanity Fair, but back at Fox News headquarters in Manhattan, the firing hit like a bomb. "As shocking as the Roger Ailes fiasco may have been, and as surprising as Megyn Kelly's departure went down, Bill O'Reilly's sudden ouster has absolutely shaken the newsroom, according to multiple insiders," Ellison says. She explains how the decision, finalized during a day of top-level meetings, went down, and why it shook the newsroom so deeply:

The move to dethrone O'Reilly, once unimaginable, crystallized over the past week, as advertisers continued to flee his show, more women came forward, and, perhaps most important, Fox News management came to realize that there was no way to stem the possibility that more accusers might surface, anonymously or not, and that O'Reilly would be a liability for the company as long as he stayed on at the network. ... "There's more to come," one Fox News insider told me, suggesting that there are more women with stories of harassment who have not come forward publicly. This estimation was affirmed by two people who heard such stories directly. [Vanity Fair]

O'Reilly had been at Fox News since the beginning, and he was its first, biggest, and most iconic star. Ellison heard that his severance package "could be in the ballpark of the $40 million that Ailes received," while New York's Gabriel Sherman suggested it could be closer to the $20 million left in O'Reilly's newly signed contract. You can read more details at Vanity Fair, and watch Kirsten Powers telling Anderson Cooper below about her mixed experience working with O'Reilly at Fox News, and why he was "untouchable" — until he wasn't. Peter Weber

April 13, 2017

On Tuesday's O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly announced that he is going on vacation. There's speculation he won't return to the air. Advertisers are fleeing his Fox News show because of $13 million in recently disclosed sexual harassment settlements he and his network paid out to five women over the past 15 years. "I guess he had a vacation planned and they were worried it would look bad if he just quietly went off the air for a week," Jimmy Kimmel suggested on Wednesday night's Kimmel Live. "So somebody over there thought it would be a good idea to turn his vacation into a contest." The contest involves guessing where O'Reilly is vacationing this week, and after playing the clip from Tuesday night, Kimmel had some guesses. "To hell, maybe? Is it hell? No?" he said. "Maybe Coachella?" Each guess had a photo, and you can watch them all below. Peter Weber

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