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WATCH: The Ex-Fox Reporter Kirsten Powers Claims That O’Reilly Sexually Harassed Her – This Isn’t Good…

Bill O’Reilly is learning the hard way just how quickly those he might have thought of as friends were not – now that he has been fired from his job at Fox News.

One clear example of this is provided by a former frequent guest on his show, The O’Reilly Factor Kirsten Powers.

In 2014, when O’Reilly was dominating the cable news ratings for Fox where Powers was an on-air commentator, Powers responded to a charge from Marie Harf, a Obama White House spokesperson at the time, that he was a sexist.

In an editorial for USA Today Powers wrote:

Sexism is a serious problem and a serious accusation. It’s true there are many people who dismiss women as unserious and out of their depth not because they are, but because they are women. Bill O’Reilly isn’t one of them.

I know. As a Fox News contributor, I’ve worked with him for eight years, including weekly segments where we often disagree heatedly. O’Reilly does not discriminate when it comes to expressing tough judgments. Anyone with a passing familiarity with his work knows this, which is what makes Harf’s accusation so irresponsible.

Now, in 2017, with Powers working for rival CNN and O’Reilly complaining about being the victim of a smear campaign, things are much different.

Powers, with CNN host Anderson Cooper, whose show was often in direct competition with O’Reilly’s, is now portraying that Bill she knew around that same time period as “a jerk.”

Powers recounts:

“I was thinking about an incident that had happened early on in my career there where I was on-air there with Margaret Hoover, who’s at CNN now, on a regular segment, we were on every Monday.

And he got Margaret’s name wrong, and Margaret said, ‘Hey, get my name right,’ and he said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, there’s a lot of blondes in this operation, I can’t keep you all straight. Megyn Kelly’s coming up,’ starts throwing all these blondes’ names.

“And at the end of the segment, says, ‘Thank you for your blondeness,’ to both of us.”

Powers goes on to explain that she was so offended by these remarks that she tried to get several – including Roger Ailes, formerly the Fox News Chairman and CEO – to force O’Reilly to apologize to her.

After she was met with responses along the lines of ‘Oh that’s just Bill. He’s a jerk. But he makes us so much money.’ Powers refused to appear on The O’Reilly Factor for three years.

The video of the interview can be seen here:

Why Powers became so offended by remarks that many would see as an innocent joke that she went seeking a forced apology and then boycotted the top show on cable television when she saw that no such apology was forthcoming may strike some as odd.

As Powers herself says:

That’s not sexual harassment. That’s sort of sexual discrimination, I guess. I mean I was never hit on.

Furthermore, with allegations already public that Ailes demanded sexual favors from female employees, and Bill settling multiple lawsuits from female co-workers which claimed he did things like masturbate while speaking with them on the phone, some would find Powers comments here very petty – especially in light of her prior very spirited defense of O’Reilly.T

 

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Jim/2ndForce Recon 77-81

    April 23, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Unfriggin believeable a “blonde” joke like that nowadays constitutes sexual harassment?
    We are in alot of trouble …

  2. Uncle Remus

    April 23, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    We did not miss you by the way. Etu brute?

  3. Uncle Remus

    April 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    If yiu want equality, grow up and act like an equal. Geeezzzz

  4. Just plain bill

    April 23, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Bill’s right. Case closed

  5. Sally Lolio

    April 23, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Joking about lots of blonds is sexual harassment , what a joke, I saw her on with Bill many times and there was no harassment…another liar, these women need mental help if they consider joking and compliments on you looks are sexual harassment..

  6. Sylvia Perkins

    April 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Such a snowflake. Sorry your tender feelings were hurt. If you can’t take it, get out of the public arena. Men, women, fat and skinny people, and many other human beings just learn to take a little joke.

  7. Margaret

    April 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Dreaming again Kirsten?

  8. ted

    April 23, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Sounds that she could never become tough enough to stay with the big boys, obviously megan kelly had no problem.
    Thats a tough business and no quarter asked and none given is the by word.its grow up or get out and obviously she picked the latter.

  9. Bonnie

    April 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    This women dated Anthony Weiner..she has a Mental Problem..

  10. Patricia

    April 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Oh come on, now everyone will be jumping on the bandwagon, Kirsten what are you a silly snowflake. That is so inconsequential it is not even worth bringing up, looks like you are just trying to bring some importance to your self. Poor snowflake, I feel so bad for you, hope the words did not hurt you tooooooo much!!!!

  11. Barbara

    April 23, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Women are becoming such wimps.I am a professional woman and am shocked by this behavior. Another snowflake.

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  13. Shirley Gardner

    April 24, 2017 at 3:49 am

    I am so sick of these accusations these people running Fox News are ruining the other only station I trusted to get fair and real news. I am starting to feel like I am living in a communist country!!!!!SCARY

  14. Trish Jones

    April 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Life is short people. If it isn’t broken—— there’s no need to fix it !

  15. dorie

    April 29, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    To all the females saying they were sexually assaulted by wealthy men, really, take a good look at yourself and realize those men can do much better than you. The answer to these suits is to counter sue you for defamation of character.

  16. Mary

    April 29, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I thought these are all supposed to be STRONG women, sounds like they need to grow up to me! Making a comment about being blonde IS NOT sexual harassment . Grow the hell up and act like an adult, what are 5???? No strong women among the bunch of them!!!!!!!!!

  17. Jim

    April 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Kirsten, which comments are the truth? You defending Bill or you being offended by blondness. Should be offended only if you are a natural blonde. Seems moving to CNN has affected your integrity. Always thought you were truthful in your comments when on Fox. Not so sure anymore.

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