O'Reilly Apologizes to Bolling for Invoking Son's Death in Harassment Dispute

Posted October 26, 2017

Monday night, in his No Spin News webcast available to premium subscribers on his website, O'Reilly continued to fight the allegations against him, even going so far as to criticize God.

O'Reilly asked Beck to read on the air two letters from a former Fox colleague, Megyn Kelly, who now works at NBC News, and referred to a letter from former Fox host Gretchen Carlson, who accused former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of harassment. The New York Times wants to take me out of the marketplace, this is the second time they have attacked me. "Eric Bolling's son is dead".

"Unlike others who left Fox News amid public allegations and extensive investigations, I parted ways with Fox News in an amicable way and any reference to a firing is flatly wrong", Eric Sr. said. According to Hollywood Reporter editor Paul Bond, "every new tidbit involving sexual misconduct at the conglomerate's Fox News cash cow inches them closer to squashing the transaction". No one is happy except for the pundits of Fox News, that is, as they gleefully seize upon the story to demonstrate liberals' problems with covering up sexual abuse, regardless of their own network's history of the same thing.

The statement came as a rebuke of Bill O'Reilly's suggestion in an interview to The New York Times that Bolling's death was related to the allegations made against his father earlier this year. Furthermore, the Times said, Fox was aware of the settlement but chose to renew O'Reilly's contract in February, granting him a four-year extension that paid $25 million a year.

But in his comments, made a few hours after Kelly's show, O'Reilly said he knew of no complaint against him from Kelly.

The presenter, who was sacked from Fox News in April, is thought to have made settlements with at least six women since 2004.

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Bolling, who was sacked by Fox after an investigation into claims of sexual harassment, responded that it was "beyond inappropriate" for O'Reilly to bring up the death of his son, adding that "my parting from Fox News was in no way connected to the tragic news of my son's passing".

He also said that his parting with Fox News "was in no way connected to the tragic news of my son's passing".

O'Reilly apologized to Bolling on Twitter Monday evening for his previous comments.

O'Reilly has said previously that he wished he hadn't settled such cases.

He added: 'But then I think about people who have it much, much rougher than me.