Bill O’Reilly Apologizes for Calling Maxine Waters’ Hair a ‘James Brown Wig’

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Updated 3/28 2:19 p.m. ET: Bill O’Reilly apologized on Tuesday after he sparked backlash for calling Maxine Waters’ hair a “James Brown wig.”

“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” O’Reilly said. “I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.”

Original: “The O’Reilly Factor” host Bill O’Reilly said in response to a clip of Maxine Waters that he “didn’t hear a word” she said because he was “looking at the James Brown wig,” referring to her hair. O’Reilly made the comments on Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends.”

The footage of Waters, who represents California’s 43rd district, showed her railing against President Donald Trump and the patriotism of the Republican party.

“We’re fighting for the democracy,” Waters said. “We’re fighting for America … you’re not nearly as patriotic as we are.”

When asked what he thought of the tape, O’Reilly responded, “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig.”

“Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt jumped in to defend the representative. “You can’t go after a woman’s looks,” she said before adding, “I think she’s very attractive.”

O’Reilly reacted, “I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive. I love James Brown. But it’s the same hair James Brown had.”

After joking that he had not listened to the representative, O’Reilly then commented on her as a politician. “You’re all wrong about Maxine Waters,” he told the “Fox & Friends” hosts. “She’s a sincere individual. Whatever she said, she believes. And that’s old-school. We’re giving Maxine a break here. I love you Maxine.”

He finished by inviting Waters onto his show.

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  1. Marty says:

    He was correct to mock this corrupt and stupid woman. No apology necessary.

  2. Zuri says:

    I am a Black woman and can’t stop laughing after seeing the of O’Reilly comment about Waters, “James Brown wig.” So tired of these upper crust,out of touch negroes who say they speak for the people by wanting to guilt white folks into giving THEM something while making nothing to advance all of us as a people. I hAve more in common with a working class white, than an upper class black elite. WELL SAID O’REILLY, IT IS THE Same hair James Brown wore, now with that being said, can we talk about the 2200 plus Latino and black girls that go missing each year in the D.C. area
    WITH YOUR JAMES BROWN WIG!!!!!LMAO

  3. donmontalvo says:

    With all due respect to Maxine and her big wig. If you set aside her age, and set aside her sex, and set aside her race, what are we left with? Exactly.

  4. You all should grow up n face reality. Women hair, he should worry about his wife n children hair. Looks like he gone need a wig after while himself. Horses, pigs,dog, I thought were out in the pasture, never at the table you eat at. Let’s stop trying to get our focus off Russia by saying everything except that. I’m republican n I can’t stand this mess, n I didn’t vote for him either. I was hearing to much mess beforehand. He wants to bring harm to those that can’t help themselves, n the cabinet he picked along his side. I have never seen such mess in the white house. It’s Just baffling. And don’t bring up President Obama because they wouldn’t pass Shit he wanted for the country. I just hope we all can get along n learn from this mess@

  5. 1Ronald says:

    We all love James Brown. So where’s the upset? The word “wig?” Thinking It’s A Man’s World instead of I Feel Good? They say you can never go back. Well, Maxine has proved them wrong. We are back. With Maxine’s hair. The Real Deal. Thanks, Maxine.

  6. JOHN VANGINHOVEN says:

    what a idiot she is ! who would vote for this lady thats uneducated and stupid! she is a racist pig! against white people!!!! people like her is whats wrong with this country! they make up shit on people because there haters!!!! somebody needs to tell this old bag to shut her mouth.

  7. Women want the same rights as men, right? Women want to be treated equally, right? How many times has President Trump had remarks made about his hair? I have yet to hear one single person, male or female apologize for making those remarks. Bill, you do not owe Maxine or anyone else an apology. If they can’t take the heat, get out of politics or keep your mouth shut. (That being said, she may want to find a new hairdresser.)

  8. Jennifer says:

    While funny and spot on, it is an infraction of the woman’s black privlege to be dress like a clown. O’Reilly should have concentrated on the more serious cultural appropriation of the hair style. While funny and spot on, it is an infraction of the woman’s black privlege to be dress like a clown. O’Reilly should have concentrated on the more serious cultural appropriation of the hair style.

  9. Typical Trumptard tactic.. Disrespect .the person by drawing attention to a perceived physical defect instead of focusing on what they are saying. This was a deliberate insult and an apology is meaningless.

  10. Michael S. says:

    Even though we all think it and she veritably a loon.

  11. Truthbetold says:

    Bill O’Reilly’s forehead looks like a damn iceberg…And he has the nerve to talk! His eyes look like their about a mile from that big dome!!! Maybe he should borrow that thing on Trump’s head…A hat…Or something to cover it up.His nickname should be”HEADQUARTERS!”

  12. Don S. Rump says:

    that’s priceless! good one Bill!

  13. Margie says:

    O’Reilly speaks the truth and gets lambasted. Not only Water’s hair looks like James Brown’s wig, her face looks like James Brown too. This nasty old hag is one of the biggest RACISTS in the USA. She should be put out to pasture now!

  14. Weeks says:

    Again, trying to change the subject, redirecting serious subject matter to insignificant bull. Trump needs to be impeached.

  15. Richard Thomas says:

    Bill O’Reilly should lose his job over this. Complete asshole.

  16. darel says:

    no comment on the real news. W T Flip Turn Singles is wrong with you name calling horses. this is not 1st grade. this i our lives. i am out. Peace Love and Soul.

  17. darel says:

    Who really cares about our future? EPA? Jobs? Lobbist own interrest? taxsation without representation? i am sadden by all of our lack of patroitism or real civil responsiblity or resolve to be better, the need for staying the fight Saying we will rise to our creed.

  18. Bill says:

    Snowflakes can sure dish it out, but cry like the little bittches they are when the favor is returned, right Fallon, Kimmel, SNL?

  19. darel says:

    Com on man, they are stealing our civil liberties left and right and the news media is directly involved in this crooked agenda. talking about a congressman wig or hair is so 1950 and 60’s. I remember James Brown, The Godfather of Soul saying “say it loud I’m Black and I’m proud”. Well ” I am Black and proud”. Fox should be boycoytted oh no their money is on black. Fox news is not though the real orgins of fake news.

  20. David Goldsmith says:

    It was racist and misogynist and O’Reilly is a disgusting pig. And about as funny.

  21. SilentVelcro says:

    Flat out old-school racism. OReilly needs to go, now. Hopefully, this will do him in once and for all.

    • Cow Girl Diva says:

      So, I guess you have missed all of Maxine Waters’ crazy, mean, racist comments about White people..??!!

  22. Maurice Durufle says:

    But it’s ok to refer to Trump as Cheetoh Hitler.

    – Krumhorn

  23. jimmy zwwer says:

    Leftist Logic: We can make fun of Trump’s hair bc he’s white. Maxine Waters is black, so she can’t handle the joke.

    Ummm..

  24. She so richly deserves that zinger.

  25. Anzy says:

    this country afraid of their own blacks. Waters can say anything and media a re just clueless, not a peep of criticism. We seemed that same with Obama where the king did whatever he pleased, not a peep of criticism otherwise RASIST card is right there. We have a privileged sector (blacks) under protection.

  26. O’Reilley wouldn’t have to apologize if he’d stick to talking about Rep. Waters was saying and not on her hair. That’s what a grown man with a platform as big as he has comments on? He’s ridiculous.

  27. JesusRulesYou says:

    Luv U Bill Riley- your honesty may be hard to swallow but it is honest.

  28. Repulicans and their right wing media dogs have sold this country to Russia, and for what? So they can strip away health insurance and make this country a Jesus branded Iran. Call them out and they show you who the real snowflakes are. Guess what? Your ideology stinks, your god is fiction, and your backwards thinking is dying out. Good riddance.

    • Cow Girl Diva says:

      So, good riddance means you promise not to post here again, right..!!! Thank you…!! Bye…Bye…!!!

      • It seems to me that is the dems that have been the ones with the close Russian ties. No evidence of the Republicans in collusion with the Russians; only the democrats. But when we get Comey out of the FBI and put someone in that can not be bought or fearful for their lives, then we will see who goes down.

    • Mac says:

      Are you a parody account? Because this is far too nonsensically outraged and on the nose to be reality.

  29. Mac says:

    In all fairness to O’Reilly, her hair does look very James Brown-esque. Although I’m far less concerned about her hair style and far more concerned with the absurdity that comes out of her mouth whenever she opens it to speak.

    “Well, Trump is an orange fatty–and stop being so sensitive!!!”

    Trump IS an orange fatty, and he says some pretty absurd things himself. It’s okay to point out reality, even when it sometimes offends.

  30. Dunstan says:

    Given O’Reilly’s sexual misconduct over the years, you’d think he’d keep his mouth shut. Another holier-than-thou Republican with multiple skeletons in his closet. Disgusting.

  31. Bob says:

    Typical of old white racist men. Try to deflect from what’s going on to making a comment on a woman’s appearance. Take a look at yourself in the mirror, Bill O’Reilly and I’m not talking about your physical appearance. I mean take a deep look at yourself. You are heartless and have a black soul.

  32. Jay says:

    And I know folks will not see the racism and misogyny n this comment, nope, not at all. Just calls of stop being so sensitive and politically correct. Well, Trump is an orange fatty–and stop being so sensitive!!!

  33. Mike says:

    Why is Bill O’Reilly still on the air? The only people who like him are toothless rednecks who can’t string a sentence together.

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