Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was caught on camera harassing an airline agent over a long delayed flight out of New York City’s JFK airport.
The “No Spin News” podcaster threw a temper tantrum on April 3, when his JetBlue flight to the Turks and Caicos Islands was hours past boarding on-time, and a bystander recorded the encounter on their phone.
O”Reilly, 72, who pulled his mask down despite everyone around him covering their faces, threatened a gate agent’s job. “We need to know what you’re going to do,” he complained. “It’s three hours late now.”
The employee’s response was muffled, but O’Reilly held up a hand to stop him. “No, no, no,” he interrupted before jabbing a finger at the man. “You’re going to find out.”
The former “O’Reilly Factor” star bent down to read the worker’s name tag, who was met with increased hostility after helpfully lifting it up to give him a better look. “You’re lucky I don’t put my fist through it,” the political commentator sneered.
The agent’s response could not be heard clearly, but O’Reilly lashed out. “You f–king scumbag, don’t talk to me like that.”
“You’re threatening me with violence, man,” the worker calmly responded as O’Reilly leaned towards him menacingly while denying the accusation. “No, I’m not. You’re the one ― I dare you? I dare you? Is that what you said to me?” He snapped.
“You’re going to get that information,” the Killing the Killers: The Secret War Against Terrorists author ordered, while the agent held up his badge again. “You’re gonna lose your job.”
“We’ll see,” he added with a finger point, and stomped off. O’Reilly denied that he threatened the JetBlue worker in a tweet on Tuesday.
“The character assassins on social media completely lying about my interaction with a JetBlue guy who misled passengers during a five-hour delay,” he posted.
The character assassins on social media completely lying about my interaction with a JetBlue guy who misled passengers during a five-hour delay. We've covered on https://t.co/rryWmyXe7C. I expected this.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) April 19, 2022