Bill O'Reilly

Political commentator Bill O'Reilly

William James "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr. is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, which is the most watched cable news television program on American television. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he worked as a news reporter for various local television stations in the United States and eventually for CBS News and ABC News.
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Bill O'Reilly, Fox News sued for defamation by two additional former employees
Chicago Times - 2 months
Two additional former Fox News employees are suing Bill O’Reilly and the cable news network for defamation, joining the legal battle that was brought earlier this month by former Fox News producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern...
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Bill O'Reilly sued for defamation by one of his accusers
CNN - 3 months
A woman who settled with Bill O'Reilly is suing the former Fox News star and the cable network that used to employ him for defamation and breach of contract.
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Former Fox News producer who settled mistreatment claim with Bill O'Reilly sues for defamation
LATimes - 3 months
Former Fox News producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein is suing Bill O'Reilly and Fox News for defamation and breach of contract, alleging they violated a settlement she reached with the fired cable anchor. In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Bernstein...
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Bill O'Reilly Allegedly Called Woman He Was Harassing To Get Dirt On Another Victim
Huffington Post - 4 months
The ex-partner of the woman O'Reilly supposedly telephoned says he heard the conversation.
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Does Bill O'Reilly still have a future on TV?
CNN - 4 months
O'Reilly's future in television is up in the air amid new revelations that he paid $32 million to settle a sexual harassment claim.
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Report: Fox Renewed Bill O'Reilly's Contract After $32 Million Harassment Settlement
Huffington Post - 4 months
The network knew of the agreement when it renewed O'Reilly's contract.
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Fox signed O'Reilly again knowing of new harassment settlement: report
Reuters.com - 4 months
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News commentator forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32 million sexual harassment settlement in January, and the network's parent knew about the deal when it gave him a new contract the next month, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
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Bill O'Reilly On Las Vegas Massacre: 'This Is The Price Of Freedom'
Huffington Post - 5 months
"Americans have a right to arm themselves for protection," he wrote. "Even the loons.”
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Hillary Clinton's 'What Happened' fends off O'Reilly in bestsellers
Reuters.com - 5 months
(Reuters) - "What Happened," Hillary Clinton's memoir of her unsuccessful bid to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election, topped the U.S. non-fiction bestsellers list on Thursday, fending off a challenge from the latest book by former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly.
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Bill O'Reilly Says He Was A Good Mentor To Women Working At Fox News
Huffington Post - 5 months
The network fired the former host amid mounting sexual harassment allegations.
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Bill O'Reilly says firing was "political hit job"
CBS News - 5 months
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 66
    In February 2016 O'Reilly lost a bid for custody of both children.
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    In August 2016, Andrea Tantaros filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News, claiming that O'Reilly made sexually suggestive comments to her.
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    After Ailes was the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox News coworker Gretchen Carlson, O'Reilly said in July 2016 that Ailes was a "target" as a "famous, powerful or wealthy person" and called him the "best boss I ever had."
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  • 2013
    Age 63
    O'Reilly wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column through Creators Syndicate that appeared in numerous newspapers, including the New York Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. He discontinued the column at the end of 2013.
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    The fallout from the coverage generated by the questioning of O'Reilly's Falklands War coverage saw claims made by O'Reilly regarding his reporting in El Salvador and Northern Ireland questioned. Writing in his 2013 book Keep it Pithy, O'Reilly stated: "I've seen soldiers gun down unarmed civilians in Latin America, Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs."
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    David Corn replied that they didn't claim O'Reilly "exaggerated" but rather that there were contradictions between his accounts and the factual record, and that the 2013 clip from his show proves O'Reilly did in fact say he was on the Falklands.
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    On April 17, 2013, O'Reilly said on his show "I was in a situation one time, in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands, ".
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    In his bestselling 2013 book Killing Kennedy and on Fox and Friends, O'Reilly claimed he was knocking at the front door of George de Mohrenschildt's daughter's home at the moment Mohrenschildt committed suicide and that he heard the shotgun blast: In March of 1977, a young television reporter at WFAA in Dallas began looking into the Kennedy assassination.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 58
    On May 10, 2008, O'Reilly was presented with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Governors' Award at an Emmy awards show dinner.
  • 2007
    Age 57
    O'Reilly and Colbert exchanged appearances on each other's shows in January 2007.
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    In early 2007, researchers from the Indiana University School of Journalism published a report that analyzed O'Reilly's "Talking Points Memo" segment.
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  • 2005
    Age 55
    Beginning in 2005, O'Reilly periodically denounced George Tiller, a Kansas-based physician who specialized in second- and third-trimester abortions, often referring to him as "Tiller the baby killer".
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  • 2004
    Age 54
    On October 13, 2004, O'Reilly sued Andrea Mackris, a former producer for The O'Reilly Factor, with extortion charges, alleging that she had threatened a lawsuit unless he paid her more than $60 million.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 46
    After Harvard, he was hired by Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of the then startup Fox News Channel, to anchor The O'Reilly Report in October 1996.
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  • 1995
    Age 45
    He then enrolled in September 1995 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he received a master's degree in public administration.
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    Former NBC News and CBS News anchor Deborah Norville replaced O'Reilly on Inside Edition in 1995; O'Reilly had expressed a desire to quit the show in July 1994.
  • 1992
    Age 42
    O'Reilly was married to Maureen E. McPhilmy, a public relations executive. They met in 1992, and their wedding took place in St. Brigid Parish of Westbury on November 2, 1996. They have a daughter, Madeline (born 1998), and a son, Spencer (born 2003). The couple separated in April 2, 2010, and were divorced on September 1, 2011.
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    In addition to being one of the first American broadcasters to cover the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, O'Reilly obtained the first exclusive interview with murderer Joel Steinberg and was the first television host from a national current affairs program on the scene of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 39
    In 1989 O'Reilly joined the nationally syndicated King World (now CBS Television Distribution)-produced Inside Edition, a tabloid-gossip television program in competition with A Current Affair.
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  • 1986
    Age 36
    In 1986, O'Reilly joined ABC News as a correspondent.
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  • 1982
    Age 32
    In 1982 he was promoted to the network as a CBS News correspondent.
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  • 1980
    Age 30
    In 1980 O'Reilly anchored the local news-feature program 7:30 Magazine at WCBS-TV in New York.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 23
    O'Reilly returned to school in 1973 and earned a master of arts degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University.
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  • 1970
    Age 20
    After graduating from Marist College, O'Reilly moved to Miami, where he taught English and history at Monsignor Pace High School from 1970 to 1972.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 17
    After graduating from high school in 1967, O'Reilly attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, his father's choice.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Age 1
    In 1951 his family moved to Levittown, on Long Island.
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  • 1949
    Born
    O'Reilly was born on September 10, 1949, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, to parents William James, Sr., (deceased) and Winifred Angela (Drake) O'Reilly, from Brooklyn and Teaneck, New Jersey, respectively.
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