Ex-Fox Host: Bill O'Reilly Remark 'Beyond Inappropriate'
Eric Bolling isn't happy O'Reilly brought up his dead son to make a point about himself
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2017 6:11 AM CDT
This Oct. 1, 2015, file photo shows Bill O'Reilly on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – Bill O'Reilly said earlier this year his firing from Fox News over sexual harassment allegations was "tremendously disheartening," and he really did take it to heart—so much so he's got a beef with God. CNN reports that in Monday's episode of his No Spin News web series, O'Reilly noted: "You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I'm mad at him." He added, "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." O'Reilly, who's denied accusations against him, also called a recent New York Times piece on him a "bunch of garbage" and said what helps get him through is how "much rougher" other people have it, mentioning murder victim Kate Steinle. As for his foes: "If they could literally kill me, they would." Meanwhile, two former Fox hosts who seem pretty annoyed at O'Reilly: Megyn Kelly, who tore into him Monday, and Eric Bolling.

O'Reilly said in an interview with the Times posted Monday that the past year has been a "horrendous experience" for himself and his family, adding that "Eric Bolling's son is dead … because of allegations made in my opinion—and I know this to be true—against Mr. Bolling." Bolling retorted in a statement that his son, who died in September, was off-limits, that it was "beyond inappropriate" for O'Reilly to mention him, and that the coroner had actually indicated his son's death was an accident (not a suicide, which was O'Reilly's implied message). O'Reilly has since apologized on Twitter, noting, "The message I tried to send was that allegations harm kids. Nothing more." To which CNN's Jake Tapper wondered aloud in a tweet: "Not to be annoying but isn't the root of the problem really more the actual acts of sexual harassment—not the women objecting to them?"

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