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Gretchen Carlson tweets incredible burn at Bill O’Reilly for his $32 million payout



Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Oct 22, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 1:38 pm CDT

With the New York Times reporting that Bill O’Reilly paid $32 million to a former Fox News analyst to settle sexual harassment claims against him, O’Reilly tweeted Saturday that he had been maligned in the press.

But former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, the woman who was the first to expose the harassment culture at Fox News with her lawsuit against Roger Ailes, had the snappiest of comebacks against him.

Here’s how O’Reilly responded to the report that he had paid $32 million to Lis Wiehl, on top of the $13 million to five women that ultimately got him fired at Fox News.

Carlson, your retort.

Carlson said she was fired from Fox after she denied Ailes’ sexual advances. That led to Ailes’ departure from Fox News, and Carlson eventually reached a $20 million settlement with the network. The Times, meanwhile, reported that even though Fox knew about O’Reilly’s payout to Wiehl, it gave him a four-year contract extension worth $25 million per year a month later.

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*First Published: Oct 22, 2017, 8:10 am CDT