Following the revelation by the New York Times on Saturday that former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had allegedly paid a $32 million settlement in January to legal analyst Lis Wiehl over sexual harassment charges, O’Reilly has now issued an apology to another former Fox host, Eric Bolling.
During an interview with the New York Times Monday, O’Reilly noted that the public revelation of the scandal brings pain to his children.
“All of a sudden all this stuff happens and the pain it brings to my children is indescribable. Indescribable,” O’Reilly said. “I would give up my life to protect my children, but I find myself not being able to protect them because of things that are being said about me.”
He then referenced the recent death of the son of former Fox host Eric Bolling, who was also ousted from the network over sexual harassment allegations. Bolling’s 19-year-old son, Chase, was found dead at his apartment in Boulder, Colorado, one day after Bolling was fired from Fox.
“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,” O’Reilly said in the interview.
Bolling released a statement objecting to O’Reilly’s comments, saying, “I believe it is beyond inappropriate for anyone to bring in the tragic death of my son Eric Chase Bolling. Just as Bill O’Reilly had wanted to shield his children from the allegations against him, I hope he will honor my request and avoid any future mentions of my son. My parting from Fox News was in no way connected to the tragic news of my son’s passing.”
O’Reilly tweeted out an apology.
“Apologies to Eric Bolling and prayers for him and his family. The message I tried to send was that allegations harm kids. Nothing more,” O’Reilly tweeted.
Bolling responded in another statement on Twitter, saying, “Thanks Bill, apology accepted.”
Apologies to Eric Bolling and prayers for him and his family. The message I tried to send was that allegations harm kids. Nothing more.
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) October 23, 2017
Thanks Bill, apology accepted. https://t.co/2lkUxxAvFD
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) October 23, 2017
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