Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes this Sunday to discuss his latest book, Killing Jesus. In the interview, he discussed everything from show preparation, his media empire and how he has matured since his childhood. “I was a little thug, and now I’m being paid millions of dollars for being a big thug,” O’Reilly said.
O’Reilly claimed that divine inspiration led to the writing of his new book and went on to discuss his media empire from his Fox show to his best selling books. “I’m the only national anchor man who writes his own stuff,” he claimed. “And I write the promos too.”
O’Reilly’s $20 million per year salary might be the reason he can afford to say “money doesn’t mean that much to him.” However, he stressed that “never once in my life did [I do] any job for money.” In a previous 60 Minutes interview, anchor Mike Wallace suggested he “was addicted to power.” O’Reilly refuted this charge in Sunday night’s interview. He has built a media empire which includes merchandise, live shows, and selling photographs of himself with fans. The Fox host said he would never pay $500, the going rate for a photograph, to take a picture with himself.
“Ain’t America great?” O’Reilly boasted. “I was a little thug, and now I’m being paid millions of dollars for being a big thug.”
Is this really a source of pride? Should America reward him for being a “thug”? Viewers and readers will decide in the days ahead.
Watch O’Reilly’s 60 Minutes interview in the video below.