In his first TV interview since being fired from Fox News in April, a defiant Bill O’Reilly called his dismissal “a political and financial hit job” and asserted that accusations of sexual harassment leveled against him were unfounded.
O’Reilly broke his silence in a lengthy interview with NBC News’ Matt Lauer that aired Tuesday on “Today.” He insisted that there was no “smoking gun” to prove the allegations of inappropriate behavior, despite the more than $13 million settlements paid to multiple women since 2006.
“In 42 years, I’ve been in this business. I’ve worked for 12 companies,” O’Reilly told Lauer. “Not any time have I had any interaction with HR, any complaints filed against me. Nobody is a perfect person but I can go to sleep at night very well knowing that I’ve never mistreated anyone on my watch in 42 years.”
Since he was fired from Fox News, O’Reilly has started running his own subscription-based online video service.
In May, O’Reilly made similar remarks about his own firing on Glenn Beck’s radio show. “Look, the entire ordeal was a hit job,” he said. “It really has to do with destroying voices that the far-left doesn’t like. That’s the general tone.”
The “Today” interview follows the release of O’Reilly’s latest book, “Killing England.”
Watch the video below:
More to come.