Calling the sexual harassment allegations that got him fired from Fox News a “hit job,” Bill O’Reilly has been making the talk show circuit this week as he promotes his new book, “Killing England.”
The former Fox News host had an especially terse exchange on Tuesday with NBC’s “Today” host, Matt Lauer, who did everything but outright accuse the man of being a sexual predator.
“Over the last six months, since your firing, have you done some soul-searching?” Lauer pressed, as O’Reilly maintained that the multiple sexual harassment allegations brought against him were completely false. “Have you done some self-reflection? And have you looked at the way you treated women that you think now, or think about differently now than you did at the time?”
While on vacation in Italy prior to his upheaval at Fox News, O’Reilly was let go in April by the cable network giant after numerous instances of sexual harassment were reported and settled in recent years. Settlements in five separate sexual harassment cases reportedly cost O’Reilly and the network a total of $13 million in cases.
O’Reilly says that he has no regrets about his conduct while at FOX. “My conscience is clear,” he stated unequivocally, calling his ousting a “political and financial hit job.”
Undeterred and clearly suggesting that O’Reilly’s issues were “self-inflicted,” Lauer continued with his line of questioning, asking why multiple women would step forward to accuse the star personality of the network, and wondering why O’Reilly didn’t counter-sue them if their allegations were so blatantly false.
“Every allegation is a conviction,” O’Reilly insisted.
“Were there any self-inflicted wounds here, Bill?” Lauer finally asked.
“You know, nobody’s a perfect person,” O’Reilly replied, noting that he had never had any complaints filed against him or interacted in a negative way with Fox News’ human resources department in his more than four decades working for the network. “But I can go to sleep at night very well, knowing that I never mistreated anyone on my watch in 42 years.”
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