Lena Dunham, Jessica Chastain Call Out Bill O’Reilly at Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon (Watch)

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The women of Hollywood issued another pink slip to former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon on Friday.

Before her introduction of Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Lena Dunham saluted former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who was also in attendance, for being the first woman to stand up to sexual harassment at the network.

“I’m in the very privileged position to be able to say whatever the f–k I want most of the time,” Dunham told the N.Y. audience. “But when you work in a corporate infrastructure the challenge of coming out about sexual harassment is so massive. And to see a woman who surmounted that and bravely made space for other women to do the same is deeply inspired.”

She added: “We also should’ve known a few years ago about Bill O’Reilly when he confused a loofah with a falafel. So this isn’t fresh info.”

Chastain, among the five women honored at Friday’s Power of Women event, also ripped “The O’Reilly Factor” host but wouldn’t call him by name.

“Most recently women said ‘No’ to a certain Fox News anchor,” she began. “After years of sexual assault accusations and settlements were unearthed, women’s rights groups called for the advertisers to pull their support from the show and companies listened. And so did Fox. As a result, the 8 o’clock news hour will be known as simply ‘The Factor.’ This is our collective power in action.”

Chastain was recognized for her work with Planned Parenthood.

Watch Lena Dunham’s remarks:

CBS “This Morning” host Gayle King, also an honoree, recounted a recent O’Reilly appearance on the morning program during her acceptance speech.

“He was promoting his book about, uh, manners,” she said.

Introduced by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, King said the former Fox honcho was asked by “This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell what he thought about Megyn Kelly’s book and the topic of sexual harassment.

“He said, ‘Well, I don’t want to discuss anything that brings negative attention to my network,” King recalled. “Which seems very rich under the circumstance.”

Watch below:

Variety’s Power of Women NY also honored actress Blake Lively, Tony-winner Audra McDonald and Viacom exec Shari Redstone.

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  1. dee says:

    I didn’t bother the watch the video or even read…. just came straight to the comments to say that as a liberal and voting dem, or heck just anyone w/ a brain: I am so glad Lena Dunham is so dunzo. Crappy “writer” and barely an “actor” if you can call her that. Oooh she said the f word! (Unattractive) idiot please.

    Thank goodness we don’t have to see her much anymore….especially on Google “news.” Mbye.

  2. Mitchem says:

    Loser say what?

  3. Alex says:

    Looks like Trump is getting a break this weekend, they’ve got Bill O’Reilly (Or as Rush Limbaugh calls him, Ted Baxter) to slap around. It’ s likely SNL will get Baldwin to dance of his grave Saturday night. They may as well make Baldwin a cast member, he’s the only one who gets any press. The rest of the cast have been reduced to unfunny pre-taped crap

    • Rena Moretti says:

      SNL has been unfunny since the late 90s (the Dana Carvey era)!!

      Sadly for NBC, Ben Silverman said that he considered it a source of talent (which helps explain how the once mighty NBC comedy lineup was reduced to smithereens).

      Apparently Bob Greenblatt still thinks SNL is filled with funny people…

  4. cowgirldiva says:

    Little Lena should be issuing herself a “go straight to jail” card for the molestation of her little sister that she wrote about in her recent book…!!!

    The LEFT should be issuing all “their” people hate speech citations for being BULLIES …!!

  5. Rena Moretti says:

    She did in her autobiography, and when she was called on it, she said it was a fake autobiography…

    But she has the “right” opinions, connections and PR money so nobody in Hollywood takes umbrage.

  6. Rena Moretti says:

    When will you stop covering Lena Dunham and Jessica Chastain’s pathetic attempts at being in the news?

    They are talentless hacks who take the space of more talented people. Stop indulging their sermonizing nonsense.

    • Steve says:

      I haven’t followed Dunham’s work, but Chastain is one of the finest actors in the movies. Full stop.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        I’ve had a completely different reaction:

        I had never heard of her until I saw her last movie trailer and her utter lack of believability convinced me instantly not to bother. I actually checked out who she was as I was shocked they’d have someone as awful as a lead and I was wondering whose daughter/niece/girlfriend/mistress/BFF she was…

    • Su says:

      The same that promoted hrc……
      the hrc with
      bill Clinton that actually physically assault many women,
      the hrc that harassed and intimidated and threatened the same women her husband physically assaulted and some received money;
      So it’s ok for hrc.

  7. Haz says:

    Good God get a grip! These very people work with the likes of Woody Allen and award Roman Polanski the Oscar! I’m sorry but Hollywood has some of the biggest hypocrites on the planet, Lena Dunham being one of the biggest and yet Hollywood trades such as this and THR kiss her ass as if she is their savior. It’s ridiculous.

    • Fred says:

      It’s really not appropriate to discuss hate for another when being honored by a charity.
      Low class, and then of course all the honored have knowledge of the Hollywood casting couch so why don’t they talk about THAT??????
      Gross and demeaning to variety and the good cause of their event.
      Shame on yoose.

  8. M. Walker says:

    Hmm. Glad to see that someone who has made sexist remarks gets his comeuppance (if true; Mr. O’R. has not yet had his day in court, apparently) – but slutty statements from the likes of Lena Dunham only damages her image. In other words, she shouldn’t live in glass houses, etc…..

  9. WakeUp says:

    Awesome

  10. Steve says:

    I love Jessica Chastain.

    That is all.

  11. Steve says:

    I long for the day when Lena Dunham fades into obscurity.

  12. geri313 says:

    Hypocrites. Too bad Hollywood’s women didn’t deny multiple accused sexual predator Casey Affleck the Oscar. They give this guy the award and deny Denzel Washington the award for the best work he’s ever done? Enough of rewards for scum like Affleck, Cosby, Ailes, O’Reilly, etc.. FOX should have fired O’Reilly years ago. But what did they choose to do? Pay off his victims and REWARD the sexual predator. But since they chose not to fire O’Reilly why in the name of God didn’t his contract have a morals clause? And why didn’t it negate his Golden Parachute if any morals or ethics issues were raised. Enough.

    • Steve says:

      That said, Brie Larson’s cold shoulder was pretty awesome.

      • Trevor says:

        You are spot on, Steve.

        Always amused by the celebs who think they accomplish something by voicing their opinions in front of a bunch of folks who think just like them. Ms. Larson’s eloquent silence and lack of applause said more than all the things LD has ever said.

  13. Captain Obvious says:

    O’Reilly was crucified for Trump’s sins (as well as his own).

    • geri313 says:

      Oh please. He was not crucified in any way shape or form. He’s laughing all the way to the bank, just like his sexual predator buddy Roger Ailes.

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