Bill O’Reilly exploded on live TV as he came to the defense of Fox News Tuesday morning, saying it is “open season” on the network.
“I’ve had enough of it!” The O'Reilly Factor host told CBS This Morning. “It's a good place to work, all right? We do good work! We do honest work!”
The former Inside Edition host vented his frustration after anchor Norah O’Donnell asked if he had read his colleague Megyn Kelly’s new book, Settle For More.
Meanwhile, Kelly has been making the rounds on morning TV, promoting her new book in which she says she was sexually harassed by former Fox News honcho Roger Ailes. Ailes denies the allegations.
And O'Reilly says it's time to put the Ailes scandal to rest.
“I'm not interested in litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad, okay? I’m not interested in making my network look bad at all. That doesn't interest me one bit,” he said.
O’Donnell was stunned by the sudden outburst and began fanning herself with papers on her desk. O’Reilly began to ebb the situation by saying he's known O’Donnell for a long time and that she is Irish so she understands his temper. She said she was feeling the “Irish heat.”
O’Reilly said Kelly’s book does not interest him and it arrives as she is negotiating her Fox contract. Rumor has it that she wants to be on equal footing with him.
She danced around the topic on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, saying she "can easily stay at Fox. I can go anywhere I want.”
Kelly told GMA that she was “figuring out” whether she would stay at the network or not.
Fox and Friends co-anchor Ainsley Earhardt spoke about the Kelly situation to Inside Edition, saying: “We have moved on as a channel. The Murdoch’s have been extremely supportive of me and my career. I have had nothing but good experiences and sexual harassment is not tolerated."
In Kelly's new book, she writes that she was upset when O'Reilly refused to cancel an interview with Trump after the president-elect attacked her on Twitter.
"I watched as O'Reilly apologized to Trump, extolled the virtues of ‘forgiveness’ and asked Trump to consider turning the other cheek. I felt a surge of anger and a surge of tears," she wrote.
Earhardt said she was “sorry to hear that,” adding, “I wish her well. I wish everyone at Fox well.”
Earhardt has a new children’s book out called Take Heart, My Child: A Mother's Dream, which is inspired by notes her dad wrote her as a child.