Bill O’Reilly told reporters from the New York Times that they need to consider the lives of the families they affect when they report on his and others sexual assault cases. He also told the reporters that Eric Bolling’s son died because of the allegations placed against the other Fox News anchor, reports Mediaite.
“‘I urge you to think about what you put in your newspaper. Eric Bolling’s son is dead. He’s dead because of allegations made — in my opinion and I know this to be true — against Mr. Bolling,’ O’Reilly said when talking to Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times.”
The story that was first reports in the NY Times was that O’Reilly allegedly paid out $32 million in a settlement with a former radio co-host of O’Reilly’s and a Fox News contributor, Lis Wiehl. He made this settlement before he was signed to a new Fox News contrast last year, to which Fox News claimed that they did not know the specifics of the settlement.
Steel and Schmidt have been reporting on O’Reilly’s alleged sexual harassment claims since April and is one of the reasons that eventually led to the anchor’s departure from Fox News.
The most recent story of the $32 million settlement was just released this Saturday, but the on the record interview recorded by Schmidt and Steel was published on the NY Times “The Daily” podcast on Monday. The recording shows a very passionate O’Reilly who implores the reporters to think about who they would affect and who they have effected by releasing these stories.
Eric Bolling’s son did not wake up one morning only weeks after allegations of sexual harassment came out about Bolling. The cause of his son’s death is still a mystery and coroners have deemed his death “an accident.”
“O’Reilly and his lawyer Mark Fabiani have claimed this to be a ‘vicious smear,’ saying in a statement released Saturday ‘Once again, The New York Times has maliciously smeared Bill O’Reilly, this time even failing to print a sworn affidavit from his former lawyer, Lis Wiehl, repudiating all allegations against Bill O’Reilly.’”
It isn’t really clear what O’Reilly was hoping to accomplish by sitting down with the NY Times reporters but it was clear that he was pleading for the protection of his family and children that they not publish such slanders things and most likely untrue things about him.
“So it’s on you if you want to destroy my children further. Alright? Because it’s all crap. Why don’t you be human beings for once? This is horrible,” O’Reilly said in the interview.
But Eric Bolling fired back today and he is not happy:
“’I believe it is beyond inappropriate for anyone to bring in the tragic death of my son Eric Chase Bolling,’ the elder Bolling said in a statement on Monday, according to New York Times reporter Emily Steel. “Just as Bill O’Reilly had wanted to shield his children from the allegations against him, I hope he will honor my request and avoid any future mentions of my son. My parting from Fox News was in no way connected to the tragic news of my son’s passing.”
That message was received. O’Reilly apologized pretty quickly:
Apologies to Eric Bolling and prayers for him and his family. The message I tried to send was that allegations harm kids. Nothing more.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) October 23, 2017
To which the apology was accepted:
Thanks Bill, apology accepted. https://t.co/2lkUxxAvFD
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) October 23, 2017
You can listen to the whole interview here.