Like so many of us, President Donald Trump was stunned when he learned that 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch took the extreme step of firing Fox News’ most recognizable and most popular host Bill O’Reilly.
Many have interpreted this move as part of the younger Murdoch’s attempt to soften some of the edges of the conservative network and consolidate his power grab over the network’s content after former chairman Roger Ailes’ ouster last year. Trump recently broke his silence and weighed in on Bill O’Reilly.
Trump came out in defense of O’Reilly, who he knows personally and judges from his up-close experience to be a “good person.” Said the President, “He’s a person I know well—he is a good person.”
Trump also commented on the sexual harassment allegations that some women have been trying to pin on O’Reilly, aided by politically motivated lawyers. Said Trump from the White House, “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.”
Thankfully, O’Reilly is not willing to be silenced, despite the fact that he lost his Fox News platform. He has just started a podcast, and he is set to go out on his “The Spin Stops Here Tour” nationwide starting in June. On the tour, O’Reilly will be supported by Jesse Watters and former Saturday Night Live comedian Dennis Miller. Are you glad Trump came out in support of embattled O’Reilly?