Bill O’Reilly responded to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes‘s comments in Howard Kurtz‘s Newsweek cover story regarding his hatred for Sean Hannity and the idea that he was “scared” of Glenn Beck. “Oh, that’s absolutely true,” O’Reilly joked on Don Imus‘ radio program yesterday. “But I hate everybody. You can throw any name in there.”
“We love Roger. Roger loves to be a provocateur,” O’Reilly chuckled. “I get a kick out of him. Why would I have Glenn Beck on my program every Friday and go out on the road with him if I was frightened by him?”
According to Kurtz’s article:
Ailes says O’Reilly has “moderated” his views and that “Beck scared him”—meaning [Glenn] Beck was so popular on the right that O’Reilly had to find a different niche…(Ailes seems to relish the feuding among his stars, saying, “O’Reilly hates Sean and he hates Rush because they did better in radio than he did.”)
O’Reilly recently slighted Hannity’s Fox News program as “a Republican show,” casting himself as the true independent voice on the network.
Watch O’Reilly’s discussion with Imus below, via Fox Business:
h/t Business Insider
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