Matt Lauer Pins Bill O'Reilly on Sexual Harassment Charges in Tense 'Today Show' Interview

NBC’s Matt Lauer got into a tense interview with Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday in which he cornered the disgraced former Fox News host over the multiple claims of sexual harassment leveled against him.

Throughout the interview, O’Reilly maintained that he was totally innocent of any wrongdoing, despite the fact that Fox News paid out $13 million to five different women to settle sexual harassment charges made against its former star host.

“I can go to sleep at night very well knowing that I never mistreated anyone on my watch in 42 years,” O’Reilly insisted at one point.

NBC’s Matt Lauer, however, asked O’Reilly an obvious question: If you’re so obviously innocent of sexual harassment, why not sue your accusers for defamation?

“You cannot win those lawsuits if you’re a public figure, you cannot win them,” O’Reilly insisted. “I could do that, but the collateral damage of these lawsuits, the press frenzy, every allegation is a conviction… they don’t look for the truth!”

Lauer also asked O’Reilly if he believed there was a “vast left-wing conspiracy” against him, to which O’Reilly snapped back, “Don’t be sarcastic.”

Watch videos of the interview below.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.