Bill O’Reilly, who briefly shared the role of former key player at Fox News with his longtime boss Roger Ailes, is opening up about Ailes’ death.
In an opinion piece published by USA Today, O’Reilly, whose sudden exit from Fox News last month amid a sexual harassment scandal mirrored the July 2016 ouster of Ailes amid his own sexual harassment scandal, said Ailes was killed by hatred.
“We are living in a rough age, with technological advances changing behavior and perspective. The downside of that is turning us into a nation where hatred is almost celebrated in some quarters,” O’Reilly wrote. “Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him. That is the truth.”
O’Reilly’s characterization of Ailes’ death differs from that of the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner, who said Ailes died of a subdural hematoma, aggravated by hemophilia. As we reported previously, Ailes died Thursday morning in Palm Beach, Florida, following a fall at his home last week in which he hit his head.
Commenting on Ailes’ exit from Fox News, O’Reilly writes: “Roger was convicted of bad behavior in the court of public opinion, and it was painful for many of us to watch. He, himself, was stunned and never really recovered.”