After it was released that NBC’s Matt Lauer was fired after accusations of sexual harassment coming from fellow colleagues, it brought up, an ironic situation now, when Lauer interview Bill O’Reilly after he was fired from Fox over similar allegations, reports News Busters.
Lauer spends most of the interview grilling O’Reilly about the accusations, trying to make him admit on air that he did what these women accuse him of doing. Now most people are seeing the irony of the situation and hoping that maybe Lauer be grilled the same way.
Lauer began his interview civilly but then goes on further to press O’Reilly trying to make him confess essentially.
“You were probably the last guy in the world that they wanted to fire because you were the guy that the ratings and the revenues were built on, you carried that network on your shoulders for a lot of years,” said Lauer. “So doesn’t it seem safe to assume that the people at Fox News were given a piece of information or given some evidence that simply made it impossible for you to stay on at Fox News?”
O’Reilly dismisses that logic right off the bat, but Lauer keeps coming for him when he asks, “But you don’t let your number one guy go unless you have information that you think makes him – ” O’Reilly cut him off. Lauer pressed: “Did you ever send lewd texts or emails to another employee at Fox News?…Did you ever have any human resources cases brought against you?”
The Fox News anchor stands firm in his ground and continuously argues that he has never done any of the things these women accuse him of doing and in his 42 years of working for Fox, he hasn’t had one thing come against him either.
Lauer isn’t convinced though, a still thinks that the situation is suspicious. He pushes O’Reilly and asks him:
“But think about those five women and what they did. They came forward and filed complaints against the biggest star at the network they worked at,” said Lauer. “Think of how intimidating that must have been, how nerve-racking that must have been. Doesn’t that tell you how strongly they felt about the way they were treated by you?”
I wonder how Lauer would answer these questions now if he was put in the same situation. Someone should check in with Matt to see if he has done some soul searching as well.