NBC Leftist Matt Lauer was given the interview with Bill O’Reilly marking six months since he had been ousted from his position with Fox News.
Lauer starts the interview by asking, “What was the exact reason you were given or your representatives were given by people at Fox News for your firing?”
O’Reilly replied that there was no reason, that the network had a contractual clause that they could pay him a certain amount of money and not put him on the air, which they exercised. He cited a sponsor boycott as the motivation for them exercising that clause.
That boycott was engineered by some groups Lauer and his leftist friends are very familiar with, Media Matters. Lauer asks O’Reilly if he still stands by his statement of the time that he did nothing wrong. O’Reilly says that he does.
Lauer asks O’Reilly, “Did you provide Fox News with any evidence, any information that you think could have changed their mind as to what you were guilty or not guilty of?” He replied that his legal team was very aggressive in putting forth their point of view and that’s all he is going to say about it.
Lauer notes that the firing of O’Reilly came ten months after the network got rid of Roger Ailes, describing O’Reilly as “probably the last guy in the world that they wanted to fire because you were the guy that the ratings and the revenues were built on. You carried that network on your shoulders for a lot of years.”
“So doesn’t it seem safe to assume,” asks Lauer, “that the people at Fox News were given a piece of information or given some evidence that simply made it impossible for you to stay on at Fox News?” O’Reilly replies that “That’s a false assumption. There were a lot of other business things in play at that time and still today that 21st Century was involved with.”
O’Reilly insists that it was a business decision to let him go, based upon the potential to profit more without him. O’Reilly denies ever sending any lewd texts or email messages and has never, in 42 years, had any human resources cases brought against him.”
He says after Fox got rid of Roger Ailes there as “a flood of lawsuits, a flood, dozens of people named. And the company did what the company did. He points out that every company, including the one Lauer works for, has these lawsuits, some valid, some invalid, which are settled for a variety of reasons.
Employees don’t have any say in that matter and there’s no way someone falsely targeted can win those lawsuits aimed at setting the record straight and reclaiming their good name. He points out the reality that every allegation of this type is, in effect, a conviction.
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