Before his resignation amidst a massive sexual harassment scandal, Roger Ailes was the President of Fox News, as well as the man credited with molding the cable news channel into the conservative powerhouse it is today. He's also the man who gave Bill O'Reilly his start at the network all the way back in 1996. Aside from the women like Gretchen Carlson, Andrea Tantaros, Megyn Kelly, and others who joined the suit against Ailes, there weren't many Fox News employees who publicly commented on the scandal.
As a guest on CBS' Good Morning, Bill O'Reilly was asked to comment on Megyn Kelly's memoir, which details her own alleged harassment by Ailes. O'Reilly attempted the "no comment" route, but lost his cool and flipped out about even being asked. Later that night on his show, he elaborated. "I'm not interested in litigating something that is finished, that is making my network look bad. If somebody is paying you a wage, you owe that person or company allegiance. You don't like what's happening in the workplace, go to human resources or leave. I've done that," he said.
Perhaps O'Reilly was miffed about that fact that in Andrea Tantaros' testimony, she claimed O'Reilly had propositioned her in an inappropriate way, or perhaps this whole Ailes scandal recalled the 2004 sexual harassment suit his former producer, Andrea Mackris, brought against him, ultimately winning a multi-million dollar settlement. Either way, it wasn't unusual for O'Reilly to be agitated — that's kind of his thing.
What is odd is that O'Reilly has spoken out about the abuse of women where he sees fit. For example, in this clip from his show, O'Reilly selects language from the Koran that seems to condone the subjugation and physical abuse of women, then challenges a Muslim community activist to defend the entire faith of Islam against this out-of-context passage. So, if a woman is abused because of religion, that's not cool, but if it happens at her job, she should just suck it up?