Bill O’Reilly expressed his real feelings after two New York Times’ reporters turned off their recording devices to lay into them over
“Leaks are not facts. Leaks are designed to hurt people, It’s been a horrendous experience”, O’Reilly said. “I’ve never had one complaint filed against me by a co-worker in any human-resources department in 43 years. That encompasses 12 different companies. So all of the sudden this stuff happens and the pain it brings to my children is indescribable.” As soon as the reporters shut off their official microphones following the interview (while their phones continued to record), O’Reilly lit up even more: “It’s horrible what I went through, horrible what my family went through,” he shouted. “This is crap. It’s politically and financially motivated. We can prove it with shocking information.” Without going into specifics, he declared, “We have physical proof that this is bullshit.” Steel and Schmidt reported on
Fox extended O’Reilly’s contract even after he shelled out $32 million to former on-air contributor Lis Wiehl over allegations that included him sending pornographic material to her.