Bill O’Reilly Can’t Take Maxine Waters Seriously Because of Her ‘James Brown Wig’ (UPDATED)

Bill O’Reilly is unimpressed by Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Watching footage of an impassioned anti-Donald Trump speech from Waters on Fox & Friends, O’Reilly sneered at the minor Democratic icon, suggesting he couldn’t take her seriously because of her hair.

“I didn’t hear a word she said,” quipped O’Reilly. “I was looking at the James Brown Wig.”

O’Reilly couldn’t even hide his amusement while Waters was talking, at various points mouthing mocking comments as the congresswoman spoke about “fighting for America.”

His hair remark caused a small kerfuffle on set. “I have to defend her on that,” said co-host Ainsley Earhardt. “You can’t go after a woman. Plus, I think she’s very attractive.”

O’Reilly quickly pivoted to a compliment — and a plug.

“She’s a sincere individual, whatever she says she believes. I love you Maxine,” said the Fox host. “I want to see you on The Factor, and when hell freezes over, I’m sure that will happen.”

On Tuesday afternoon, O’Reilly bowed to growing criticism of the incident, releasing a statement apologizing for his remarks.

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