In the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News on Wednesday after the surfacing of disturbing sexual harassment claims, the departed cable news star issued a statement saying that he had to leave the network “due to completely unfounded claims.” Samantha Bee, long the topic of O’Reilly’s criticism herself, wasn’t willing to let the former host of The O’Reilly Factor, a show he nicknamed the “no-spin zone,” get away with this latest reinterpretation of the facts.
In a post made to Twitter, Bee shared a copy of O’Reilly’s statement marked in red pen to highlight areas where Bee and O’Reilly differed over the interpretation of events. O’Reilly’s claim that he “informed … millions of Americans” is edited so that it says he “lied to … millions of dads.” His statement asserting that it was “tremendously disheartening that we must part ways due to unfounded claims” is amended so that it reads, “It is tremendously disheartening to finally get in trouble for being a sexual predator.” And O’Reilly’s argument that being let go for sexual harassment is just “the unfortunate reality that many of us in the public eye must live with today” is put in perspective with the caveat that living in the public eye is “almost as unfortunate as being sexually harassed.”
In spite of the allegations made against O’Reilly, the network will still reportedly pay him $25 million as a part of his settlement package.
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