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
Bill O'Reilly Is 'Mad at God.' 2 Ex-Fox Hosts Seem Mad at Him
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)

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?" (More Bill O'Reilly stories.)

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