Former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly says he is “mad at God” that allegations he sexually harassed multiple women have recently emerged against him.
“You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I’m mad at him,” he said Monday, according to CNN. “I wish I had more protection.”
“I wish this stuff didn’t happen,” O’Reilly continued on the latest episode of his web series, “No Spin News.” “I can’t explain it to you. Yeah, I’m mad at him.”
“And I truly believe that these people at the New York Times are out to hurt people with whom they disagree. They don’t want me in the marketplace. That’s what this is all about.”
The New York Times reported last Saturday that O’Reilly paid $32 million to settle a sexual harassment claim a month before Fox News extended his contract.
Two people briefed on the situation told The Times that Fox News’s parent company was aware about Fox analyst Lis Wiehl’s complaints about O’Reilly when the extension occurred.
Wiehl’s complaint included alleged sexual harassment and a nonconsensual sexual relationship with O’Reilly, among other accusations.
A settlement about the matter was reached last January, and 21st Century Fox and O’Reilly ultimately agreed upon a four-year contract extension valued at $25 million the next month.
21st Century Fox announced in April that O’Reilly would not resume broadcasting for Fox News after The Times reported about other sexual harassment allegations regarding him.
The Times reported that five women were paid $13 million to settle sexual harassment suits against O’Reilly, who hosted Fox News’s popular “The O’Reilly Factor” before his ouster.