Bill O’Reilly got fired from Fox News in April, his alleged bad behavior came around to bite him in the ass once again this week when the New York Times published another exposé about his payouts to women who say O’Reilly sexually harassed them. What is a man to do in these circumstances? Put the blame where it squarely belongs: on the Lord above.
CNN reports that on Monday, O’Reilly used his personal web series No Spin News to express his anger at the media and the universe in general. Why hasn’t god protected him from harassing women? He’s done everything he was supposed to, like being a white man with a lot of money. Why isn’t that enough?
“You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I’m mad at him,” O’Reilly said on the latest episode of his web series, “No Spin News.” “I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn’t happen. I can’t explain it to you. Yeah, I’m mad at him.”
If only there were a little angel on his shoulder, keeping him from playing grabby hands with women who work for him. O’Reilly maintains that his wealth and power in the media is what’s attracting media attention, not the $32 million he paid to former Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl after she brought accusations of sexual harassment against him. It’s a hit job.
At one point, he said of his adversaries, “If they could literally kill me, they would.”
“If I die tomorrow and I get an opportunity, I’ll say, ‘Why’d you guys work me over like that? Didn’t [you] know my children were going to be punished? And they’re innocent,’” he said. “But then I think about people who have it much, much rougher than me. And you know, I’m a big mouth. I’m a target. They’re not targets.”
Though he no longer has a show on an actual network, O’Reilly believes his success is still too much for his enemies too handle, enemies which now include a higher power, apparently. That success includes appearing on Sean Hannity’s show to promote his book Killing England, which is also a stupendous success that’s obviously making everyone jelly.
“You know, we didn’t kill him, so we’ve got to kill him again,” he declared.
If there is going to be heavenly intervention, it would also be good if someone would stop O’Reilly from dragging everyone around him into his nonsense. The Daily Intelligencer reports that O’Reilly has had to apologize to his friend Eric Bolling after mentioning the death of Bolling’s son, Chase, in his interview with the NYT.
Bolling left Fox News after being accused of sending lewd texts to his female co-workers. Chase died soon afterwards. O’Reilly brings up his children a lot as a reason for why he should no longer be subjected to media scrutiny—it’s painful for them. He suggests in his rant to the NYT that there is some correlation between the accusations made against Bolling and his son’s death. (It was reportedly an accident.):
“I urge you to think about what you put in your newspaper,” he told the Times. “Eric Bolling’s son is dead. He’s dead because of allegations made — in my opinion and I know this to be true — against Mr. Bolling.”
Bolling responded by essentially telling O’Reilly to keep his family out of it, and O’Reilly subsequently apologized, an apology Bolling publicly accepted:
God, if you’re reading, please stop resurrecting Bill O’Reilly.
Update Tuesday 1:45 PM:
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bill O’Reilly’s talent agency UPA has dropped him as a client, seemingly in response to the NYT piece:
The agency informed the former Fox News host on Monday evening that they would no longer be representing him. The former Fox News host has long been a client of N.S. Bienstock Agency, which was acquired by UTA in 2014.