Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s post-debate show on Thursday drew more attention than usual online, in part because several observers speculated that the Factor host was not in a condition to perform his duties.
As O’Reilly interviewed the various Republican candidates inside the Fox Theatre in Detroit, comedian Patton Oswalt’s observation below stirred up a sentiment otherwise:
Holy shit. I want to turn away but Bill O'Reilly is TRUMAN CAPOTE TALKSHOW DRUNK. #wow
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 4, 2016
Oswalt was not alone; a search under “O’Reilly drunk” on the social media platform, as well as responses to his comment, produced a plethora of similar reactions, as seen here:
— John Ross Bowie (@JohnRossBowie) March 4, 2016
— Gerry Duggan (@GerryDuggan) March 4, 2016
I heard a few say that Bill O'Reilly seems drunk. So I put him on TV. It's crazy! You gotta check it out.
— David Marchione (@MadisonParkDave) March 4, 2016
— Kram Otrop (@mark_esque) March 4, 2016
— Douglas! (@containseggs) March 4, 2016
Bill O'Reilly is SUPER wasted right now. I can't recall a person on live tv who's been more visibly drunk.
— Eppie Vojt (@eppievojt) March 4, 2016
— Michael Collins (@midacoll) March 4, 2016
I'd like to think Bill O'Reilly being this drunk on air will matter to his career, but I'm guess most of Fox is blitzed right now.
— Ben Kuchera (@BenKuchera) March 4, 2016