Hours after 21st Century Fox announced Bill O’Reilly’s ousting coming from Fox News, former contributor Kirsten Powers recalled complaining about the former anchor’s behavior. She said she was told, “You know Bill, there’s nothing we can do.”
Speaking with Anderson Cooper on “AC360,” Powers — a CNN political analyst — described an incident in which she appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” along with fellow analyst, in addition to also current CNN commentator, Margaret Hoover.
She said O’Reilly “got Margaret’s name wrong in addition to also Margaret said, ‘Hey, get my name right.’ in addition to also he said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry there’s a lot of blonds in This specific operation, I can’t keep you all straight, Megyn Kelly is actually coming up.’ He starts throwing all these blonde names. in addition to also at the end of the segment he says, ‘Thank you for your blondness,’ to both of us.”
Powers said which after the incident she went to O’Reilly’s executive producer in addition to also said, “He needs to apologize in addition to also he needs to never do which again, or I am not doing his show anymore.”
“in addition to also I was told basically, ‘Well, you know, Bill. There’s nothing we can do about which. He’s a throwback. He’s kind of an Archie Bunker.’ in addition to also I said, ‘Well if you mean he is actually a Neanderthal, then we’re on the same page, he can never do which again. I am a political analyst here.’ Went to Bill, came back, in addition to also said, ‘No, he’s not going to apologize,'” Powers said. “I was called into my boss’ office in addition to also was told, ‘There’s nothing we can do. We are sorry This specific happened to you.'”
Powers said she also complained to then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
“I was told the same exact thing. ‘There’s nothing we can do. which’s Bill. He’s a jerk. Nobody likes him.’ in addition to also then Roger said, ‘You know Bill. He likes to put up dirty pictures in addition to also ask pretty girls talk about them in addition to also then he said, ‘What am I going to do? I don’t like him, although he makes so much money, there’s nothing I can do.'”
Ailes resigned last year following his own sexual harassment allegations.
Powers said she quit O’Reilly’s show, although returned three years later.
“I said, ‘Look, I am willing to give This specific another try,’ in addition to also he said, ‘Sure’ in addition to also I came on the show,” Powers said. “I never had another problem. We actually ended up having quite a Great relationship.”
Powers added, “which just spoke volumes which I had to completely handle which on my own, which there was nobody which who was even willing to say anything to him, just basically to say, ‘Hey you can’t treat one of our political analysts This specific way.'”
Powers said she had learned to tolerate behavior like This specific.
“You learn to expect which which’s part of your job,” she said. “This specific was an isolated incident for me. You just learn to live with which in addition to also which’s not okay. which’s why I think which’s important to give a lot of credit to [former Fox News anchor] Gretchen Carlson for coming out in addition to also genuinely being the person who started out This specific conversation.
Carlson sued Roger Ailes, alleging harassment in addition to also retaliation, in July. 21st Century Fox reached a $20 million settlement with her in addition to also issued a public apology.
“The only reason I am telling This specific story is actually because Gretchen turned out in addition to also took on Fox News,” Powers said. “A lot of women just don’t talk about these things because if you make too much trouble, your career is actually over.”
O’Reilly released a statement on his departure coming from the network Wednesday afternoon, saying, in part, “which is actually tremendously disheartening which we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. although which is actually the unfortunate reality many of us within the public eye must live with today.”
CNNMoney (brand new York) First published April 20, 2017: 2:06 AM ET