O'Reilly Apologizes to Bolling for Invoking Son's Death in Harassment Dispute

Calvin Saunders
October 26, 2017

Despite O'Reilly's ouster, the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, and a new system at the company for reporting and dealing with harassment allegations (which led to the firing of Bolling and former Fox Sports head Jamie Horowitz), Fox News continues grapple with the aftermath of having turned a blind eye to sexual-harassment claims for years. This interview happened before the news came out about how O'Reilly paid one of his accusers $32 million in order to settle the lawsuit he was facing at the time.

The presenter, who was sacked from Fox News in April, is thought to have made settlements with at least six women since 2004. O'Reilly has said the New York Times story is misleading, but that he can not give details for legal reasons.

"I believe it is beyond inappropriate for anyone to bring in the tragic death of my son Eric Chase Bolling", he wrote in a statement.

In his interview with the Times, O'Reilly grasped at media reports that said the young man had endured "emotional torture" over the allegations against his father. At one point, he said of his adversaries, "If they could literally kill me, they would". "I'd give up my life to protect them, but we actually thought people would uphold their oath, and what they agreed to, and they haven't". "I was truly touched - I know how busy you are, especially that time of day".

After the Times released its story, Mr O'Reilly's spokesman Mark Fabiani issued a statement saying the newspaper had "maliciously smeared" the author and former Fox anchor. "My parting from Fox News was in no way connected to the tragic news of my son's passing".

Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Aulabaugh told the Daily Camera last month that while an autopsy was performed, toxicology tests could take up to four weeks.

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O'Reilly apologized to Bolling on Twitter Monday evening for his previous comments.

Some news outlets had initially reported that Eric Chase Bolling's death could have been a drug overdose or a suicide. I wish I had more protection.

"If I had to do it all over again, I never would have done it", he told Beck, explaining that he had settled the cases to protect his family.

"Eric Bolling is a stand up guy who deserves the respect I have for him", O'Reilly added in a follow-up tweet.

Meanwhile, O'Reilly had other things to say Monday about entities he believes have it out for him.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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