April 20, 2017
Longtime FOX News host Bill O'Reilly is officially out after the station's parent company, led by Rupert Murdoch and his sons, decided the conservative pundit could no longer be supported in the wake of revelations that the network allegedly paid five women $13 million to keep quiet about sexual harassment claims.
While O'Reilly maintains the allegations are "completely unfounded," one case that isn't is a 2004 settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Andrea Mackris, then-producer of "The O'Reilly Factor." At the time, O'Reilly was accused of discussing sexual fantasies, masturbation and vibrators with his producer, who considered the conversations unwanted and unwelcome.
"I will never speak of this again," O'Reilly said to his viewers after the settlement.
Not only have those words come back to haunt him, but his stance in 2004 became fodder for Upper Darby's own Tina Fey, who called him out during a "Weekend Update" segment on "Saturday Night Live."
O'Reilly's legal trouble came up on two occasions, first in October 2004, as seen below.
Here's a transcript (h/t The Decider):
FEY: Bill O’Reilly settled his sexual harassment suit out of court this week. This is what he had to say about it on Thursday’s O’Reilly Factor.
O’REILLY: This brutal ordeal is now officially over and I will never speak of it again.
FEY: But I will! ‘Cause I like the part about you wanting to rub falafel on that lady’s boobs. And, uh, the part about how you love vibrators. And the part about how you believed it when a prostitute told you you had a big penis. (Laughs) I love all those parts … and I’m gonna keep talkin’ about ’em. A lot.
The second jab at O'Reilly came a month later, when Fey revisited the subject in a segment just to remind viewers that O'Reilly is "disgusting."
Here's the transcript for the second video:
FEY: Hey, Bill! Remember that time you used to call that lady who worked for you and tell her you wanted to rub some soap on her boobs? And then you told her you had a big penis? But if you really had a big penis, you wouldn’t have to tell people — they would just see that. Aw man, remember when you did that? I DO.”
O'Reilly's ouster comes nine months after former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was dismissed amid similar accusations. Droves of brands had pulled advertisements from O'Reilly's show despite its record ratings during the early months of Donald Trump's presidency.