A scheduled appearance by Montel Williams on “The O’Reilly Factor” became a war of words between Williams and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly after Williams bailed out on the interview at the last minute.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, O’Reilly was unclear on why Williams walked out. In a clip aired Wednesday night on O’Reilly’s live broadcast from the GOP Convention, O’Reilly tells Eric Bolling: “He walked out in a huff. The producer tells me he was mad about some gay thing.”
O’Reilly goes on to say: “It is his loss because he will never be on this program again. He’s not a man of his word, he’s unprofessional. Montel look, I’ve known you for a long time, but that is about as low as it gets.”
“Williams later shared his side of the story via a Periscope post where he said he did not appear on the show after realizing the topic discussion had been changed without his approval,” THR reports. “Williams told CNNMoney he understood he would be discussing a poll suggesting President Barack Obama is racist as well as talking about the speech he gave during an LGBT brunch that Caitlyn Jenner also attended. The brunch was part of the RNC.”
Williams reportedly told CNN: “Suddenly Eric Bolling is involved and it’s all about Obama being a racist. I walked before air, they chased me halfway around the building. My detail had to stop them … I’m solely focused on my [LGBT] speech. When that was eliminated, why stay?”