Bill O'Reilly is finally getting the humiliation he almost certainly doled out to the many women he has worked with over the years after the details about the multiple women Fox paid off to keep quiet about him harassing them became public. Not only has he gone on (permanent?) vacation after advertisers fled his show, but new accusers are coming forward with extremely disturbing claims about his behavior.
An unnamed African American woman has now come forward to detail O'Reilly's racially tinged, bizarre harassment of her -- and if true, almost certainly spells the end of his illustrious career at the network. The attorney helping the woman, Lisa Bloom, told the Hollywood Reporter:
“He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar. He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared. She was afraid if she told him to knock it off she’d get fired. Now that’s shes aware this is all in the news, she’s decided to phone in a complaint to the Fox News hotline.”
It is of course impossible to know for sure whether the claims are true, but it certainly isn't out of character. O'Reilly has a long, sordid history of misogyny, bullying and sexual harassment making the claims not only believable, but incredibly likely. As Amanda Marcotte notes, O'Reilly is so repulsively anti-women that he barely bothered to disguise it on air:
O’Reilly’s alleged off-camera mistreatment of women, in truth, doesn’t really conflict with the on-air personality he presents to his audience. On-air O’Reilly is a belligerent creep who clearly thinks of women as subhuman objects to be controlled and dominated. In just the past month, he has been called out for his over-the-top sexism aimed at NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Rep. Maxine Waters. He’s publicly argued that women aren’t really fit to be president and that feminists should not be allowed to report on Trump. He routinely dismisses sexism as a thing women make up to gain some kind of unfair advantage. His show veers wildly between using T&A images and O’Reilly’s obsessive desire to punish women for having sex by denying them birth control coverage or abortion.
Either way, the new revelations are deeply damaging to O'Reilly's already battered brand, and decrease the likelihood that we'll ever see him on air again. Which is very good news indeed.