Thursday 29 June 2017

Bye bye Bill O’Reilly - top 8 controversial comments on air at Fox News

Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel (Richard Drew/AP)
Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel (Richard Drew/AP)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Fox News has confirmed that Bill O'Reilly will not return to the channel following reports that he reached settlements with five women who said he had sexually harassed them.

The controversial TV host faced huge backlash including the hemorrhaging of more than 50 advertisers from his show, The O'Reilly Factor.

Earlier this week his lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, said his client was being attacked by left-wing organisations.

“Bill O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America," he said in a statement.

"This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organisations bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons."

In the wake of his departure, here's a reminder of some of the more controversial comments O'Reilly made during the course of his career at Fox...

 

To Marc Lamont Hill PhD, Columbia University professor:

Say you're a cocaine dealer.  You kind of look like one a little bit.

 

Of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, he said:

I didn't hear a word she said.  I was looking at the James Brown wig.

 

He asked three female contributors:

There's got to be some downside to having a woman President right, something that may not fit with that office, correct?

 

Following Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention:

Slaves that worked there were well fed, and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labour in 1802

 

Speaking to Donald Trump, then a candidate, about creating jobs for African Americans:

Many of them are ill educated and have tattoos on their foreheads

 

To his viewers:

The world is being told by anti American haters that we are a rank racist society and that is a lie.

To African Americans:

Don't abandon your children.  Don't get pregnant at 14.  Don't allow your communities to become free fire zones.  That's what the African American community should have on their t-shirts.

To illegal immigrants:

You and the other people here illegally don't deserve to be here

Read more:  16 of the most ridiculous things Fox News has ever done

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