Fox News employees have been lining up left and right – mostly right – to defend their boss Roger Ailes against the sexual harassment lawsuit put forward by now-former host Gretchen Carlson. Wednesday night, it was Fox News MVP Bill O’Reilly’s turn. Asked by Late Night host Seth Myers what he makes of the allegations made by Carlson, O’Reilly called it a “very sad situation.” “I’ve worked for Roger Ailes for 20 years,” he said. “Best boss I’ve ever had.”
O’Reilly emphasized the fact that he was very surprised to hear about Carlson’s lawsuit. “To be perfectly honest, I was kind of blown away when the news reached me. Like I said, I’ve known the man professionally for two decades, in addition to the fact that we would often grab a beer after work, especially during the more difficult days at the office. And while we’re on the subject, I really don’t know of any employees anywhere who have to spend most of their day at work with their boss and then still feel like they want to have a drink with them after work. That kind of boss has to be a pretty awesome guy. And that’s Roger Ailes, at least in my book,” O’Reilly argued.
The Fox News MVP also said that “according to his experience,” Ailes never attempted to come on to any other members of the staff, “including myself.” “The Rodg-Meister is just that kind of straightforward guy. If he wants something, he’s going to let you know straight away and without beating around the bush,” O’Reilly added. “And there’s no reason to doubt he was any other way when it came to his personal life, including his relationships with the ladies. I mean, he’s rich, he’s the boss, he’s got power, he’s got authority, and no homo, but he’s also pretty darn good looking. There’s no reason to suspect he ever had to mix business with pleasure, I’m sure he was great at both separately.”
The Fox News host also said that if it came down to making a decision on whether to believe Ailes or Carlson, he’d have to “go with my own experience.” “I mean, this is a very slippery situation. I hate choosing sides and this has nothing to do with the fact that both my man Rodg and I are guys. I love Gretchen very much, she’s an incredible person, very easy to work with and she’s very dear to me,” O’Reilly said. “But, if it has to come down to it, a man can only really depend on his own experience, and Roger has never made any sexual insinuations or advances on me. And I’m sorry Gretchen, but that’s what I’m going with.”
“At least, nothing I’ve noticed. There was a couple of times when we got drunk and commented on Hillary Clinton’s saggy behind, but again, I felt nothing coming from him that was sexually aimed towards me. If I’m wrong, God help us both,” O’Reilly concluded.