While addressing the One Million Mom controversy Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres took time out to thank a somewhat unlikely defender of her role as spokesperson for JCPenney: Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. On Monday, O’Reilly slammed One Million Moms for their call to remove DeGeneres as spokesperson, deeming their actions “a witch hunt” that is not in “the spirit of America.” DeGeneres took note of O’Reilly’s defense.
“There’s somebody else who, who actually defended me that I’d like to mention: Bill O’Reilly from Fox News,” DeGeneres said. “I already sent you out a tweet to thank you.” She played a clip from Monday’sThe O’Reilly Factor before thanking him again, then adding:
“And you didn’t really make it clear if you were going to shop at JCPenney or not, but if you do, you can use my employee discount any time you want. That’s for you Bill. Thank you so much.”
Later in the show, guest Julie Bowen, star of Modern Family, said she had some plans beyond just thanking O’Reilly. “I never thought that I would want to make out with Bill O’Reilly,” Bowen said. “It turns out today is the day.”
Watch a clip of Ellen’s thank you below, followed by Bowen’s desire to make out with the Fox News host:
And Bowen’s proclamation:
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