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Mark Halperin - MSNBC
Doing what he did yesterday, in commenting on Bill O'Reilly – to reporters, in the Oval Office, right before his statement on Syria – is not normal for a president. It creates a huge distraction, gets tons of coverage. And yesterday should have been about projecting strength, as he did, on Syria. But it's pure Trump and classic Trump for him to then also be willing to address Bill O'Reilly. There's no reason for him to address it. None.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
Bill O'Reilly, Stephen Colbert and Megyn Kelly, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about O'Reilly Factor. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 68 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 114 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Bill O'Reilly is: “Reilly's allegations are what's crap. The biggest financial motivations belonged to him and Fox, which had recently lost another star, Megyn Kelly, to NBC. Kelly revealed on Monday that she was among the women who complained to Fox about Mr O.”.
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Megyn Kelly

By 8 pm that night, O'Reilly had apparently been dealt with. And by that I mean he was permitted with management's advanced notice and blessing to go on the air and attack the company's harassment victims yet again. This is not unique to Fox News. Women everywhere are used to being dismissed, ignored, or attacked when raising complaints about men in authority positions. They stay silent so often out of fear – fear of ending their careers, fear of lawyers, yes, and often fear of public shaming, including through the media.feedback

Megyn Kelly

This is not unique to Fox News. Women everywhere are used to being dismissed, ignored, or attacked when raising complaints about men in authority positions. They stay silent so often out of fear. Fear of ending their career, fear of lawyers, yes. And often fear of public shaming, including through the media. But this must stop – the abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threatening and the retaliation, the silencing of them after the fact. It has to stop.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

My investigative team has done a superb job in exposing the lies and smear. I will speak with you on Monday.feedback

Tom Watson

The latest revelations about Bill O'Reilly are depressingly familiar. They show that 21st Century Fox engaged in a prolonged campaign to cover up allegations of serious sexual harassment by a senior employee instead of investigating the claims and taking action against him. The fact that Fox handed Mr O'Reilly a lucrative new contract worth $25 million months after he reportedly paid $32 million to settle a claim by a colleague is jaw-dropping. It raises yet more questions about the corporate culture at 21st Century Fox.feedback

Megyn Kelly

I wrote, in part: …'Perhaps he didn't realize that his exact attitude of shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on grounds that 'it will disgrace the company' is in part how Fox News got into the decade-long Ailes mess to begin with. Perhaps it's his own history of harassment of women which has, as you both know, resulted in payouts to more than one woman, including recently, that blinded him to the folly of saying anything other than 'I am just so sorry for the women of this company who never should have had to go through that.feedback

Mark Fabiani

In its latest diatribe against Bill O'Reilly, the Times printed leaked information provided by anonymous sources that is out of context, false, defamatory, and obviously designed to embarrass Bill O'Reilly and to keep him from competing in the marketplace.feedback

Gretchen Carlson

Nobody pays $32m for false allegations - nobody. No need to wait for Monday. Another right wing conspiracy? Women are getting brave.feedback

Tom Watson

It raises yet more questions about the corporate culture at 21st Century Fox. It has now been demonstrated beyond doubt that executives at Fox News were free to act with impunity in the knowledge that their actions would go unpunished.feedback

Tom Watson

[Fox executives] knew they could rely on their employer to ignore serious allegations of sexual misconduct and pay huge sums to silence the women who made them. The parallels with the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper empire are unsettling. Instead of admitting wrongdoing, the Murdoch family's first instinct is to deny it took place and, in many cases, to label those who try to establish the truth as liars or fantasists. It is a pattern that keeps on repeating itself.feedback

Fredric S. Newman

It was Fox News that wanted to renew Bill O'Reilly because of the Megyn Kelly defection.feedback

Fredric S. Newman

Up to this point, Fox News and Mr. O'Reilly have had a constructive business relationship – with Fox News even running ads for his new book on their air. We hope that all the leaks coming out of Fox are not designed to hurt Bill O'Reilly in the marketplace.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.feedback

Emily Steel

When I was talking to sources, I knew what it was like to be on the other side of a phone call when O'Reilly was saying threatening things.feedback

Roger Ailes - Fox

My conscience is clear. What I have done is organize a legal team to get the truth to the American people.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

In 42 years, I've been in this business, I've worked for 12 companies, not one time did I have any interaction with HR, did I have any complaints filed against me. 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, and it was a business decision that they made.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

Actor Jon Hamm is quoted as saying he encountered me at a party & fled. I have never met Mr. Hamm but happy to do so. I'll buy lunch, Jon.feedback

Jon Rudnitsky

He had trouble with the sketches, and if a sketch wasn't complimentary about him – mainly physically – he wasn't into it. He'd go, It's cute, but no – next.' . He was just onto the next if it wasn't about how great he was. I'm totally serious. I mean, there were some really funny sketches that he just didn't get. His sense of humor is definitely skewed.feedback

Jon Hamm

He was with Bill O'Reilly. They're both tall dudes. And I'm a tall dude. And they both do that tall-dude thing, which is try to intimidate you. And it doesn't work on me. I'm like, I'm as alpha as you. Let's go. You're not going to chest-bump me.' It was a very weird night. It was the shortest I've ever stayed at an 'S.N.L.' after-party.feedback

Tim O'Reilly

This is a game, it is a horse race by definition one or two players win, and all of the rest of them lose. They mythology is you have to raise huge amounts of money in order to get to scale. But it's also possible for small companies to get to scale.feedback

Terry Gross - NPR

Oh yeah, that happens and people have walked out on me too. Most famously, Bill O'Reilly walked out on me. I asked him a few challenging questions about whether he used the microphone to settle scores or to get even with people. Before I was even done with the question, he accused me of throwing every defamation in the book at him and then made a little speech about, This is NPR, I know what this is. I know what you're doing. Thirty minutes of defamation.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

North Korea has been a pain in the butt for decades. He's not going to take any guff from North Korea, but he's not going to do anything unilaterally.feedback

Douglas Wigdor

Outside the context of the mediation, any amount under what Ailes and O'Reilly got in total would be unjust.feedback

Jim Cramer

So many stocks entered bear market mode in these three corrections that it's almost like we've had three bull markets with some really horrifying interregnums. That's why I simply can't buy into the senile bull thesis. Other that O'Reilly Automotive, we really haven't had any of these nasty things lately.feedback

Ali Faghri - Susquehanna Financial

Sales growth has slowed over the last four-to-six quarters. That's led to most of these companies missing Street expectations or missing guidance.feedback

Gene Munster - Loup Ventures

This would be like O'Reilly, Autozone, Advance. These are suppliers to an old way of doing things.feedback

Sean Hannity

They hope to get me fired. Rush (Limbaugh), O'Reilly, (Glenn) Beck, (Don) Imus and now me.feedback

Brian Wieser - Pivotal Research Group

For those running ads there intentionally, the appropriateness is much more subjective than was the case with Bill O'Reilly. They can more readily make the argument that consumers who don't like it can watch something else, and that sponsoring his program doesn't sponsor someone directly doing something bad.feedback

Angelo Carusone - Media Matters

But he'll continue to antagonize Fox News, because if he does go out he needs to go out fighting with Fox. The lesson he learned from Bill O'Reilly and others is if you just leave quietly, you lose your audience.feedback

Monica Lewinsky

Although I imagine the desire to present a clean record to the European Commission reviewing the Sky News deal played a role in their thinking, the brothers Murdoch deserve praise for their part in the decision to fire Bill O'Reilly, whose show brought in $100 million a year in ad revenue but who systemically harassed and bullied the women he worked with. I hope the Murdochs understand that Americans will no longer tolerate a corporate culture that views hate and harassment as part of running a successful news business.feedback

Christopher Ruddy - Newsmax

O'Reilly needs to have a platform and a voice – he's got an important one – and we're very open to having that discussion with him. Fox proved there is a huge and incredible market that has been 100 percent ignored by the mainstream media networks, and it's been in blue ocean territory since its founding. I personally think it's ridiculous; I want to get into that market.feedback

Douglas Wigdor

My politics are probably very different than Nancy Erika Smith and Lisa Bloom. I'm a lifelong Republican and a Trump supporter.feedback

Erika Smith

It's not one person. It's a culture. It's an environment. You need a lot of change.feedback

Angelo Carusone - Media Matters

It's not as sexy as I think the idea is. But I understand why it's appealing to say. They created their problems and they attributed them to everybody else but themselves. It's not that we ginned it up. We didn't frame them. It's a response to the realities of what took place.feedback

Rashad Robinson

We created a climate that made it incredibly hard for corporate advertisers not to choose a side.feedback

Michael Wolff

All those ratings happened because [of] O'Reilly at 8 o'clock. You just have a fall off of his audience across the night. ... Now you start with a lower baseline. We are just left with a network that has a significant penetration but no reason for people now to really watch it.feedback

Brian Wieser - Pivotal Research Group

If Tucker Carlson takes over the O'Reilly slot, and The Five takes over Carlson's slot – and something else fills in for The Five – there's probably a negative impact on ratings, but probably only a modest one in context of Fox News' total day. The secular growth for news and opinion-related programming will overwhelm program-specific issues.feedback

Leonard Steinhorn

O'Reilly was bigger than his show. He was more of an outsized character. This is a network created and designed to appeal to and flatter the biases of its viewers... It's unclear whether there are more people out there who can carry that torch for Fox.feedback

Andrew Heyward

There's vulnerability in that Fox's biggest star is gone. There will be resentment among his loyal base. What mitigates that, of course, is that Fox's success is tied to being sui generis. There is no viable alternative for people who want to have that perspective played back all through prime time. Fox News viewers are old enough to remember, Don't touch that dial. Well, if they do touch the dial, there aren't a lot of places for them to go.feedback

Benjamin Darmiano - Benjamin

So personally I would have required proof before the ouster. I would have backed him, and defended him until evidence of these allegations were verified. He calls it like it is. When [Fox News] decided to move on without him, it made me feel like another 'honest' voice has been silenced. I didn't like it.feedback

Tom Hollihan

He helped shape the kind of very polarized discourse that has come to define politics over the past few years in America.feedback

Frank Sesno

In many ways, he led Fox's cable news revolution. Cable news is someone standing on a mountain top shouting, and Bill O'Reilly was on the highest peak, so he echoed across the landscape. I'm not sure I see much evidence of that; otherwise, Judy Woodruff would be off the charts.feedback

Tom Hollihan

That left CNN and MSNBC to figure out how to survive, and it shouldn't come as a surprise that MSNBC figured out the only path to success was to segment and go for the liberal audience.feedback

Donald J. Trump

He's a person I know well – he is a good person. I think he shouldn't have settled; personally, I think he shouldn't have settled… Because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong.feedback

Caroline Heldman

The first time I met him, one of the first things, if not the first thing, out of his mouth was to the effect of, When I was in college, professors didn't look like you,' . That kind of set the tone of his, I would call it, sexist humiliation and bullying which was pretty typical for him. My upward trajectory slowed considerably. I continued to do other shows but being blacklisted from Bill O'Reilly's show is a big deal.feedback

Caroline Heldman

I think that there's still a very real fear that it will have negative repercussions for our careers. I think that even when we're believed, which I think a lot of people are, we're predisposed to blame the victim rather than believe them. We're still seen as troublemakers. The mood is somber for all the good men and women at Fox who are being tainted for this scandal. Bill O'Reilly's behavior has stained Fox.feedback

Lisa Bloom

Each time they had to spell out Bill O'Reilly. How do you spell that? 'O, apostrophe, R'. Each time I had the sense that the individual taking the call was very professional, but had absolutely no idea of the significance of the call they were receiving.feedback

Angelo Carusone - Media Matters

It's not like they brought in [Fox managing editor for breaking news] Shep Smith or a news anchor.feedback

Emily Steel

The reason we did this story is we were just trying to follow the facts. We were really interested in unearthing what happened.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

I am coming after you with everything I have. You can take it as a threat.feedback

Emily Steel

We were just trying to follow the facts of our story. We really had to dig to get this information. There's a reason why these settlements were for so much money, was to keep these women from talking. There was a lot of resistance.feedback

Whoopi Goldberg

So it took us five minutes, it took Fox 20 years. You think this is gonna change anything?feedback

Margaret Hoover

There were a lot of people at Fox who really hoped things would change after Roger left and they didn't. Nothing changed in the sense that the culture that perpetuated this behavior is the same.feedback

Dan Cassino

It's unclear, he said, whether viewers come to Fox News to watch O'Reilly and stick around to watch other programs, or vice versa. But that could actually wind up being more profitable for the network, as a Tucker Carlson is a heck of a lot cheaper than Bill O'Reilly is, so marginally lower ad rates aren't going to hurt as much as they otherwise would.feedback

Aaron Sanandres

Our concern, and the reason we initially pulled our ads, pertained to the disturbing allegations made against Bill O'Reilly and not with Fox in general. Fox indicated their decision to terminate Bill O'Reilly's contract was made after a thorough and careful review of the facts and so it appears it was a fully informed one. I fully respect Fox's decision. Accordingly, we plan to return to the 8 p.m. hour and will continue to allocate a portion of our advertising dollars to Fox.feedback

Jeffrey McCall

The departure of O'Reilly is a big hit to FNC, but it is by no means fatal. For one thing, the [Fox] brand is bigger than O'Reilly, and further, the people who watch really have nowhere else to go for the kind of news they seek. CNN and MSNBC will not benefit from O'Reilly's departure.feedback

Dana Perino

It is the end of an era here at the Fox News Channel. As we mentioned earlier, Bill O'Reilly is leaving this chair and this network after more than 20 years. Bill has been the undisputed king of cable news – and for good reason. He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raised the bar for interviewers everywhere. He has also held his staff to exacting standards in his quest to put the best possible program on the air, and they are great.feedback

Stephen Colbert

Hello nation – and shame on you. You failed him; you failed Bill O'Reilly. You didn't deserve this great man. All he ever did was have your back – and if you're a woman, have a go at the front, too. And what, suddenly sexual harassment's a crime? But that's the country we live in now: Obama Trump's America.feedback

Stephen Colbert

I spent over nine years playing a character based largely on him – and then 12 months in therapy to de-bloviate myself. Hello nation, and shame on you. You failed him. You failed Bill O'Reilly. You didn't deserve that great man.feedback

Elizabeth Gibbons Woodhouse

I'm glad pressure was put on the network but no... this does not show men in power will be held accountable. It shows that Fox was losing money. This was a financial decision. Accountability would have been thoroughly investigating the multiple complaints, not just allowing O'Reilly to throw money at them to keep them quiet.feedback

Mark Young

At no time did we make a decision to remain on O'Reilly, we made a decision to remain on Fox News. It was in the best interest of the client that we continue to reach the valuable audience that Fox News provides us. We will of course be watching the audience numbers and will make future decisions based on the value provided to our client.feedback

Lisa Bloom

I'm not going away. My phone is ringing off the hook.feedback

Dana Perino

Before we get to any other big stories of the day, we want to address a situation many of you may already be aware of: Bill O'Reilly, who hosted this program for 20 years, is leaving the Fox News Channel. We know that you, his very loyal viewers, will have a lot of feelings about this, and we will talk more about it later in the program.feedback

Rashad Robinson

Does not speak to a changed culture. It speaks to a company that has recognized that the best business decision for them is to end their relationship with Bill O'Reilly.feedback

Tom Hollihan

Some other media outlet is going to pick him up and syndicate what he does. He's a brand on his own, as you can tell from all the best-selling books he's got.feedback

Dana Perino

It is the end of the era . Bill has been the undisputed king of cable news, and for good reason.feedback

Mark Feldstein

What Rush Limbaugh was to talk radio, Bill O'Reilly has been to conservative television. You can't underestimate the influence and the profits that he brought into Fox News for all these years and that's why they hesitated so long in doing the right thing.feedback

Dan Cassino

Getting rid of the old guard is a way to do that. When we look at data, at what programs people report watching, you just don't find people who watch Bill O'Reilly and nothing else on Fox.feedback

Rupert Murdoch - News Corporation

This decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel. By ratings standards, Bill O'Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news. In fact, his success by any measure is indisputable. Fox News has demonstrated again and again the strength of its talent bench. We have full confidence the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news. Lastly, and most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel. Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me.feedback

Wendy Walsh

Specifically, please convey to 'the boss' [O'Reilly] that I am deeply grateful for his professional kindness.feedback

Oliver O'Reilly

If you do a whole bunch of other variables, it just explodes. I didn't want her to inherit my problems. It's catastrophic. Every day.feedback

Joe Muto

He has to lay low, and as long as another shoe doesn't drop, it could blow over for him.feedback

Mark Fabiani

The arrangements, including airline and hotel reservations, for this vacation were made last October. The vacation involves a group of people, and the timing coincides with the period Mr. O'Reilly often takes off in and around his children's spring break. Other than the vacation guest hosts, The Factor broadcast will remain unchanged until Mr. O'Reilly's return post-vacation.feedback

Wendy Walsh

Nobody can silence me, because my voice is not for sale.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

If you can possibly take two good trips a year, it will refresh your life. We all need R&R.; Put it to good use.feedback

John Oliver

We have produced an ad to educate Donald Trump to air during The O'Reilly Factor in New York and D.C. We submitted it to stations on Friday, but weirdly, we haven't heard back from them since–which is a little surprising, because we are one of the only advertisers offering to buy time on his show at the moment.feedback

Lisa Bloom

I'm told that they are taking it seriously, and they are going to do the investigation that's legally required of them, . Some of them their claims are time-barred. Many of them, probably all of them are really scared ... but we stand with women, and so we are reviewing a number of other cases. What women want are their careers. As far as I can tell, all of the women who have made claims against Bill O'Reilly have been driven out. That's the really scary thing for them.feedback

Lisa Bloom

Walsh and I officially called in her sexual harassment complaint against O'Reilly to Fox News hotline. Fox News and O'Reilly have said no one has complained about him on their complaint line. That is no longer true. We have the proof. I'm told that they are taking it seriously, and they are going to do the investigation that's legally required of them.feedback

Mike Shatzkin

I doubt very much that they would take a drastic action like cutting him loose. They're not going to die if he's not there, but they certainly would be scrambling to make up the revenue.feedback

Michael Cader

The people who like him may be even more inclined to support him now and vote with their dollars to say, I'm with you, Bill.feedback

Katie Henkes

We buy our media quarterly, and are constantly monitoring to make sure our buy aligns with our advertising strategy and our target customers. As soon as we learned about the accusations against Bill O'Reilly, we instructed our media buyer to cancel our advertising on 'The O'Reilly Factor.' Unfortunately, our media buyer was unable to impact [Wednesday's] show.feedback

Rashad Robinson

You need to create a narrative for corporations–that they can't have their brands next to Bill O'Reilly. Our goal is to help any corporation that decides to be next to this dangerous predator to be as visible as possible.feedback

Terry O'Neill

I think it is possible that advertisers are going to peel away from Fox and not just Bill O'Reilly. Just go back to January 21st. That was an extraordinary outpouring of support for women's rights as human rights. That drew millions and millions of people–men and women–to demonstrate. That kind of upwelling was not controlled by any one organization. Advertisers ignore that at their peril.feedback

Mimi Chakravorti

O'Reilly's brand is taking a big hit here. The people that are staying will have to be OK with the decision they're making. They will inherently be associated with that brand.feedback

Kelly O'Keefe

Sometimes these things are bandwagons that more and more people jump on. If other advertisers are leaving and you're staying it makes you look worse...I think you'll see all mainstream advertisers abandon this program.feedback

Brent Bozell

They're not going to stop watching Hannity because of Roger Ailes. I don't think they connect the two of them at all.feedback

Paul Rittenberg - Fox News Channel

We value our partners and are working with them to address their current concerns about the O'Reilly Factor.feedback

Joe Muto

My gut says he survives this round as long as no other shoe drops. He's going to hunker down and might lose other sponsors, but if nothing else happens he'll survive.feedback

Rashad Robinson

This is about money. Bill O'Reilly will stay on the air as long as he is making money.feedback

Richard Levick

They've got somebody who has a license to print money and they're going to do everything they can to keep him on the air.feedback

Wendy Walsh

I had a business dinner with Mr. Bill O'Reilly and he asked me to go to his hotel room afterwards. After I declined, he became hostile and eventually barred me from Fox News. He looked from his scripts and he said, When are you leaving? Those were the last words he ever said to me. He caught himself because everyone looked at him because it came out of the blue and he said, I mean, didn't you say you were going on vacation or something? I am not litigious – I don't want any money. There is no lawsuit, it is just authentic honesty.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

If we have a picture of James–it's the same one.feedback

Maxine Waters

I'm a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O'Reilly or anybody … to women out there everywhere, don't allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you … When a woman stands up and speaks truth to power, there will be an attempt to put her down. I'm not going to be put down, I'm not going to go anywhere. I'm going to stay on the issues.feedback

John McCain

They have a lot of trust in these individuals. We've just got to have a consistent message to these people who are seriously threatened, particularly our friends in the Baltics. I guess it was Bill O'Reilly who said, But Putin is a killer.' And he basically said, So are we. That moral equivalency is a contradiction of everything the United States has ever stood for in the 20th and 21st century.feedback

Ted Lieu

As a political humorist, the Chinatown segment was intended to be a light piece, as all Watters World segments are. My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offence.feedback

Ted Lieu

Note to Bill O'Reilly and Fox News: Your recent segment mocking Asian American voters and using every conceivable stereotype was, at best, racist and, at worst, really racist. I am not 'patient' or 'gentle' nor do I 'bow' when I say hello or know 'karate.' So let me gently say this: if you are not racist at heart, then you would apologize. Immediately.feedback

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