We haven't heard much from Bill O'Reilly since Fox News fired him in April. Well, he's back and as contentious as ever. Matt Lauer sat down with O'Reilly for his first interview since Fox settled five sexual harassment lawsuits against the once-reigning king of conservative television.
You'd think that once advertisers started dropping the O'Reilly Factor in the wake of the sexual harassment payoffs, he might be prepared to answer questions surrounding the controversy, but that wasn't the case. Instead, O'Reilly dug in his heals and remained defiant that his axing was a "political and financial hit" organized by the far left.
When Lauer asked if he ever sent inappropriate text messages to female employees, O'Reilly said:
In 42 years, I’ve been in this business, I’ve worked for 12 companies, not one time did I have any interaction with HR, did I have any complaints filed against me.
Lauer switched tactics. Stroking O'Reilly's ego, he referred to him as the network's “number one guy,” then asked:
Doesn’t it seem safe to assume that the people at Fox News were given a piece of information, or given some evidence that simply made it impossible for you to stay on at Fox News?
O'Reilly squirmed away from the question by saying:
That’s a false assumption. There were a lot of other business things in play at that time and still today that 21st Century was involved with, and it was a business decision that they made.
Twitter wasn't buying it either:
Some Twitter users were upset the Today Show gave O'Reilly a platform to promote his new book:
Watch the full interview:
More From Guacamoley
He was just trying to help some seniors...
We're sure this is gonna end well.
I mean, who wouldn't?