×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Kremlin Demands Apology From Fox News After Bill O’Reilly Calls Vladimir Putin ‘A Killer’

The Kremlin wants an apology from Fox News.

Vladimir Putin’s press secretary has demanded a formal apology from the cable news network after Bill O’Reilly called the Russian president “a killer” during an interview with U.S. President Donald Trump that aired before Sunday’s Super Bowl.

“We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company,” Dmitry Peskovtold told reporters on a conference call on Monday, according to Reuters.

A Fox News spokesperson told Variety that O’Reilly will respond to the Russian government’s request for an apology on his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” at 8 p.m. ET tonight.

During the pre-taped interview, Trump said Putin — like all presidents — deserves respect. “Will I get along with them? I have no idea,” Trump said.

“He’s a killer, though,” O’Reilly interjected. “Putin’s a killer.”

“We’ve got a lot of killers,” Trump responded. “You think our country’s so innocent?” The statement has since drawn criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.

“I don’t know of any government leaders that are killers,” the “O’Reilly Factor” host said.

Trump added: “Well, take a look at what we’ve done, too. We’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.”

When O’Reilly insisted that “mistakes are different,” Trump said there are “a lot of killers around.”

Trump has come under fire for his views on Putin following a U.S. intelligence report that accused Putin and the Russian government of pre-election hacking. The report concluded that Putin and the Russian government “aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary [Hillary] Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have a high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence.”

More TV

  • O_163_wem_1360_comp_v003_01,1159 2 – L-R: Gwilym Lee

    SAG Award Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

    At the SAG Awards nominations Wednesday morning, “A Star Is Born” led the film pack with four nods and while that wasn’t a surprise, there were plenty of snubs and surprises that caught us off guard. On the television side, a plethora of co-stars are competing against each other, as both male and female actors [...]

  • Freeform Orders Comedy 'Everything’s Gonna Be

    Freeform Orders Comedy 'Everything’s Gonna Be Okay' From Josh Thomas

    Freeform has given out a series order to the comedy “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” from creator, writer, and comedian Josh Thomas. The network has ordered 10 episodes of the half hour series. Thomas also stars as Nicholas, a neurotic 25-year-old still living at home with his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, one of which has [...]

  • SAG Awards Placeholder

    SAG Nominations Scorecard: Netflix Leads the Pack

    Netflix led the way among all networks and studios with this year’s SAG nominations, garnering 15 nods thanks to programming like “GLOW,” “Ozark,” “Grace and Frankie” and “The Kominsky Method.” “Ozark” was among the select group of titles to snare four nominations, along with “A Star Is Born” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” On the [...]

  • SAG Nominations: 'A Star Is Born,'

    'A Star Is Born,' 'Mrs. Maisel,' 'Ozark' Lead SAG Awards Nominations

    Musical drama “A Star Is Born” led the way with four SAG feature film nominations, while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” each scored a quartet of TV nominations. “BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” both took a trio of film nominations, followed by “Barry,” “GLOW,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “The Kominsky Method,” each scoring three TV [...]

  • Marvelous Ms Maisel

    SAG Award Nominations: Complete List

    Nominations for the 25th annual SAG Awards were announced on Wednesday. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” led film nominations with four nods, including best actor for Cooper, best actress for Gaga, best ensemble, and best supporting actor for Sam Elliot. “BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” followed close behind, both taking home a [...]

  • European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe VestagerSlush

    Liberty Global, Vodafone's $22 Billion Cable Deal Under Investigation by EU

    The European Commission has started an in-depth probe into Vodafone’s proposed acquisition of a raft of Liberty Global assets in Europe. The commission cited concerns that the deal could reduce competition in Germany and the Czech Republic. “It’s important that all EU consumers have access to affordable and good quality telephone and TV services,” Commissioner [...]

  • SAG Awards Placeholder

    How to Watch the SAG Awards Nominations Live

    Awkwafina and Laverne Cox will announce the nominees for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. Beginning 10 a.m. ET/PT, the nominations will be carried live on TNT, TBS, and truTV. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris will introduce Awkwafina and Cox. Prior to that announcement, SAG Awards [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content