UPDATE: 11:42 PST – Fox News has confirmed that Bill O’Reilly has officially parted ways with the network. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox, Fox News’s parent company, said in a statement.
Bill O’Reilly does it again. The Fox News Corespondent has managed to make an absurd and wildly offensive comment about a Black woman. This is becoming all too common, folks.
Another woman has come forward, accusing Bill of harassing her in the workplace. According to attorney Lisa Bloom, her client was a Fox News clerical worker who alleges that Bill called her “hot chocolate” at work.
“He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar,” Bloom told The Hollywood Reporter.” He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared.”
According to Bloom, her client doesn’t want a payout, rather for her story to get out.
Bill has come under fire time and time again for his aggressive, offensive and straight-up irrational stream of comments. Many of his distasteful choices of words have even been directed at celebrities such as Beyoncé, Ludacris and Halle Berry.
So here are seven times O’Reilly went after black culture and entertainers.
Halle Berry: OK … now who would have anything negative to say about Halle Berry? Whelp, you guessed it: Bill, of course.
On the heels of the series of sexual harassment allegations, producer/director Judd Apatow is speaking out about a time Bill went after Berry. On Tuesday, Apatow tweeted: “I met [O’Reilly] at a party and he looked at Halle Berry and said ‘beautiful woman. I bet she’s not the sharpest crayon in the box.’ A horrid man.”
Ludacris: Fifteen years ago, O’Reilly gunned hard for Pepsi to pull rapper Ludacris from being their spokesperson. At the time, Bill suggested that the major corporation was “immoral” for using the rapper in their campaigns. According to O’Reilly, Luda was “a man who degrades women” and who isn’t an artist, rather “a thug.”
Sure enough, O’Reilly’s persistent attack on the brand led to the company pulling Luda. We have a responsibility to listen to our customers — and we’ve heard from a number of people that they were uncomfortable with our association with this artist,” the company said in a statement. ”We’ve decided to discontinue our ad campaign with the artist, and we’re sorry that we’ve offended anyone. There are many different types of talented celebrities and artists, but not all of them are compatible with our brands and what consumers have come to expect from us.”
Beyoncé: In June 2014, Bill went after Beyoncé and the visuals for her popular track, “Partition.” The political commentator suggested that the music video “glorifies having sex in the back of the limousine.” He added, “Teenage girls look up to Beyoncé, particularly girls of color,” O’Reilly said. “She is an idol to them. Why on earth would this woman do that? Why would she do it when she knows the devastation [of] unwanted pregnancies and fractured families?”
Black People Are Stupid: In April 2016, while discussing with Donald Trump how to appeal to minority voters, suggested that “many” of Black people are “ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads and, you know, I hate to be generalized about it, but it’s true, uh, if you look at all the educational statistics. How are you going to give jobs to people who aren’t qualified for jobs?”
Montel Williams: Montel Williams and Bill have had a long-standing feud. It first kicked off when Montel was set to appear on Bill’s show during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, but opted out of the interview at the last minute.
After Bill was told the news, he went on air and called Williams a “coward” and suggested the former talk show host “walked out in a huff … and the producer tells me he was mad about some gay thing.”
Williams later took to Twitter to explain what really happened. “Bill calling me a coward is laughable. The guy who didn’t serve but lied about his war reporting,” he first tweeted. He then revealed on Periscope that he walked out of the interview because producers switched up topics.
“This is the first time I have not done an interview that I was scheduled to do, probably in the last five years,” Williams said in the video. “That does not bring O’Reilly’s show to a screeching halt. It should not have even affected Bill.”
“The word coward is usually used on people who have done most of the things that you’ve done, like embellishing lies about your credentials as a journalist, like the fact that your own daughter in a testimony in a court case … said that you dragged your ex-wife down a flight of stairs,” he continued. “You wanna talk about coward, homeboy? … That’s what a coward truly is, somebody who’s going to call somebody a name on air and not even to their face. I’m calling you one now, so the whole world can see it. We know who the coward is.”