O’Reilly Snaps at Lauer’s ‘Vast Left Wing Conspiracy’ Question: ‘Don’t Be Sarcastic’
Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly gave an interview on Tuesday where he flatly dismissed the sexual harassment allegations which led to his firing from the network.
O’Reilly spoke with NBC’s Matt Lauer, who began by asking what was the official reason given when Fox ousted their old ratings giant. O’Reilly said he was let go as part of a contractual clause before talking about how Fox was “unsettled” by the sponsorship boycott against him by left-wing groups.
When asked about the harassment claims, O’Reilly insisted he did “absolutely nothing wrong,” and that his legal team made it clear to Fox News. Lauer continued to press him on this, saying it was strange of Fox to let go of O’Reilly unless the network was looking at evidence which would’ve made it impossible to keep their old ratings colossus.
“That’s a false assumption,” O’Reilly retorted. “There are a lot of other business things in play at that time and still today that 21st Century was involved with, and it was a business decision that they made, but there isn’t any smoking gun.”
As the interview went on, O’Reilly said his conscience “is clear,” and he cited a news article he recently tweeted which he has used as proof that one of his accusers is not credible.
“This was a hit job, a political and financial hit job,” said the former Fox host. When Lauer asked if this was “a vast left wing conspiracy,” O’Reilly snapped back “don’t be sarcastic…We’re gonna be able to prove what we say. There are more things to come.”
Watch above, via NBC.
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