Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly said his disgraced former boss Roger Ailes died from experiencing “hatred” in a guest obit published in USA Today on Friday.
Ailes, who died on Thursday, left Fox News last summer after multiple women came forward with sexual harassment allegations. O’Reilly was fired last month because of similar allegations. Both men have denied all claims.
“The list of legendary Americans whom Roger helped is long and impressive. From Ronald Reagan to George Bush, the elder, to Rush Limbaugh, Ailes gave them all blunt advice that led them to success,” O’Reilly wrote. “And it was that bluntness that made his life difficult, as enemies accumulated — some armed with a brutal hatred.” O’Reilly detailed the early days of Fox News — a network that eventually emerged as the most-watched in cable news.
“Not once in almost 20 years did Roger Ailes order me to say anything on the air. I had total independence. In private, I sometimes challenged his orthodoxy. I wish I had taped that,” the former “O’Reilly Factor” host wrote.