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When Lauer Cuts Off O’Reilly to Ask ‘Conspiracy’ Question, O’Reilly Snaps: “Don’t Be Sarcastic”

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly snapped at NBC host Matt Lauer to not be sarcastic Tuesday when the latter asked if a “vast, left-wing conspiracy” was behind his downfall for sexual harassment allegations.

O’Reilly was forced out in April amid a flurry of sexual harassment claims. The New York Times reported shortly before his dismissal that five women received payouts from O’Reilly or Fox News totaling $13 million to agree not to pursue litigation or speak about their accusations.

In a sometimes testy interview on “The Today Show,” O’Reilly repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said it was a “business decision” by Fox to fire him. In 42 years, O’Reilly claimed, he never sent a lewd message to an employee or had a human resources case brought against him.

“My conscience is clear,” he said when asked by Lauer if he had done soul-searching in the past six months.

O’Reilly pointed to a report at right-leaning NewsMax saying one of the accusers against him was arrested for filing a false police report. Lauer responded that she could have filed a false report but also made a true assertion against O’Reilly.

“Look, anything’s possible, all right? But it goes to credibility, doesn’t it,” O’Reilly said. “This was a hit job. A political and financial hit job.”

“Is this a vast, left-wing conspiracy?” Lauer asked.

“No vast, and don’t be sarcastic,” O’Reilly said. “Don’t be sarcastic.”

Lauer pointed out Hillary Clinton was who she directed her infamous “vast, right-wing conspiracy” remarks to in 1998, regarding the Monica Lewinsky scandal and her husband Bill Clinton.

Asked why he didn’t sue the five women who received payouts from him if they made false allegations, O’Reilly said “you can’t win those lawsuits.”

“Every allegation in this area is a conviction,” he said. “They don’t look for the truth.”

O’Reilly was a perennial cable news ratings champion during his 21-year run hosting “The O’Reilly Factor.” His exit prompted a reshuffling in the primetime lineup; Tucker Carlson now hosts in his old time slot.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow had the No. 1 show in cable news in August, although Fox News still continued its 188-month winning streak in cable news in total day and primetime viewers, as well as its 14-month streak as the top-rated cable network in total day ratings.

UPDATE: 4:28 P.M.: An earlier version of this article stated Fox has struggled to keep up with MSNBC in the ratings since O’Reilly’s ouster, but it didn’t clarify that Fox still led MSNBC in primetime and total viewership. This has been corrected.

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  1. Pingback: When Lauer Cuts Off O’Reilly to Ask ‘Conspiracy’ Question, O’Reilly Snaps: “Don’t Be Sarcastic” – Conservative Politics

  2. roger domnie

    September 20, 2017 at 11:12 am

    lauer is a goof, bill never should have sat with him. same as sitting with nut job, matthews. he should have kept going on getting his new show ready. we are out here just waiting for the launch.

  3. Michael Murray

    September 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I am chiming in with Mr. Domnie who wrote just above my new posting here.

    I want to take the illumination of a one Matt Lauer, a notch or two ABOVE, just “Goof”.

    I am just darned confident most Americans, most sane, educated soul all see, hear and understand that this Matt Lauer as nothing more than a closed minded, highly bigoted and biased, pathetic shit stirrer.

    Lauer gives nothing to any interview setting he does.

    Lauer brings nothing to any interview setting he does.

    Lauer purposely asks Moronic, BS questions designed to trap the poor soul, who for some unknown reason, agreed to sit down with him.

    Lauer, after puking out his gut-wrenchingly putrid, biased question designed to be entrapment of the brave guest, Lauer next habitually interrupts his guest, as the guest struggles to make any sense of the childish BS question Lauer coughed up from his bowls, laughing inside like the moron he really is, as his poor helpless guest struggles to decipher Lauers BS.

    Lauer is not a journalist, he is not a reporter, he is a disgrace to the News Industry.

    He would not see a great story as it ran over him.

    Lauer is this much, he is the little boy who got the Atomic Weddgy every damn day at school; when someone at school had brought that “gag-bag” of gooey, smelly, chicken “sheet” to school … it was always Matt Lauer’s school locker that was the intended target every time.

    He was a joke, he still is a joke, will always be a joke.

  4. Sal belardo

    September 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    RACHEL Maddow number 1 in August! You’ll never get me to believe that!

  5. rik

    September 21, 2017 at 2:31 am

    NBC has no justified credibility and chose to omit the video contents to hide the guilt and fake news aspect of their so called anchor, Matt LIAR!

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