After more than 20 years, Fox News forced Bill O’Reilly out after a series of sexual harassment allegations came to light.
What’s worse, after an internal investigation of O’Reilly’s behavior, the company apparently found more. It all came to a head after an April 1 New York Times article revealed that Fox News and Twenty-First Century Fox had reached settlements with five women who reported incidents of sexual harassment totaling close to $13 million.
As O’Reilly’s reign of terror comes to an end, I think it’s informative to reflect upon those moments when he was almost impressive in his embodiment of white ignorance.
Remember that time Billy Boy discovered that black folks can own a “classy” business?
“I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks,” he once said on his nationally syndicated radio show about a dinner with the Rev. Al Sharpton. “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘MF-er, I want more iced tea!’”
Yeah. He said that—and kept his job.
I first heard of O’Reilly in 2002 when he got Pepsi to drop an ad that included Chris “Ludacris” Bridges because of his “vile and woman-hating” lyrics.
This prompted Mr. Bridges to begin the song “Number One Spot” with the verse, “Respected highly, hi Mr. O’Reilly/Hope all is well, kiss the plaintiff and the wifey … ”