Bill O'Reilly to Matt Lauer: 'My Conscience Is Clear'


Almost six months after Fox News parted ways with Bill O'Reilly, Today finally offered him the chance for redemption.

"When I left Fox News I told my audience that no one was mistreated on my watch for 20 years and that this was a political hit job-well-financed, well-organized, and that is the truth", O'Reilly said in response to the report, during an interview with WMAL's "Mornings on the Mall" on Monday.

The former host plays victim so well because he spent 20 years slamming other people for playing victim.

A Fox representative did not immediately return calls for comment.

The longtime Fox News host was sacked in April, shortly after The New York Times reported that the network paid five women a total of $13 million in settlements to silence them from coming forward with sexual misconduct allegations against O'Reilly. There he was asked whether he'd ever return to Fox News. Ailes died in May.

O'Reilly told Fox's Sean Hannity on his radio program Tuesday that he has launched an investigation into what he believes was a concerted effort to get him ousted from Fox News.

Throughout the interview, O'Reilly remained defiant, vowing to clear his name. "I'm not going to speculate about intent or why people did what they did". "If you're a public figure, you can not win [sexual harassment] lawsuits", he added. "I could do that but the collateral damage...every allegation is a conviction". Many observers say her accusations may have precipitated O'Reilly's departure from the network, after dominating cable news ratings for almost two decades. Now he's back, and he still insists that the claims from at least five different women (that Fox settled with for millions of dollars) were part of a big ol' conspiracy to get him out of the political arena. Lauer continued to press him on this, saying it was odd of Fox to let go of O'Reilly unless the network was looking at evidence which would've made it impossible to keep their old ratings colossus. "Every allegation in this era is a conviction. there isn't a smoking gun".

"Don't be sarcastic", O'Reilly fired back. In 2004, a former producer on O'Reilly's show came forward with allegations that her boss had made a number of extremely harassing sexual advances toward her, including having once urged her to use a "falafel thing" (he meant a shower loofah, folks) for sexual gratification.

"I don't know", O'Reilly replied.