Jake Tapper roasts Bill O’Reilly after the ex-Fox News host taunts CNN’s ratings

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Ouch.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper threw some hardcore shade at Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday after the disgraced former Fox News pundit made a comment about Tapper’s show, The Lead.

Seemingly unprovoked, O’Reilly tweeted about former colleague Sean Hannity’s ratings compared to Tapper’s.

“Sean Hannity kicking serious butt in the ratings. Tapper on CNN as low as you can go,” O’Reilly wrote.

Tapper’s response was savage.

“‘Low’ would be sexually harassing staffers and then getting fired for it—humiliated in front of the world. Now THAT would be low,” Tapper wrote.

O’Reilly was let go from Fox News amid sexual assault allegations. Fox News paid out more than $13 million in settlements in regards to the allegations and O’Reilly was not allowed to back onto his former prime-time show The O’Reilly Factor after returning from a vacation.

O’Reilly’s departure came less than a year after former Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes resigned from his position amid sexual harassment allegations.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, comparing the ratings of The Lead and Hannity is pointless anyway–they air at different times. Tapper’s show is at 4pm ET and Hannity’s airs at 9pm.

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).