CNN anchor Don Lemon didn't hold back on Saturday when he found out that Fox News paid out $32 million to a woman who accused Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment just a month before the network renewed O'Reilly's contract in February.
The Hill said that Lemon tweeted, "Brought to you from the network that constantly criticizes other networks on morals & integrity. Hypocrisy much?"
Brought to you from the network that constantly criticizes other networks on morals & integrity. Hypocrisy much?… https://t.co/H36hIRp29I— Don Lemon (@Don Lemon)1508610905.0
O'Reilly complained noisily about the revelations made public by The New York Times, calling it a "smear," and directed readers to his own website for "the verifiable truth."
Yet another smear article on me. https://t.co/rryWmyXe7C has the verifiable truth. Please check it out. https://t.co/rGdVIF3SDD— Bill O'Reilly (@Bill O'Reilly)1508623244.0
Joy Reid checked him.
Let me guess: you just had $32 million lying around and decided to give it to a nice lady you totally didn't sexual… https://t.co/KtuizdJ9bG— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷))1508636741.0
MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle raised a pertinent question:
Show of hands pls...Amy I the only one who can’t stop wondering what EXACTLY someone would have 2do2 warrant a $32MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT?— Stephanie Ruhle (@Stephanie Ruhle)1508631732.0
Nobody pays $32m for false allegations - nobody https://t.co/qB3njcHHuy— Gretchen Carlson (@Gretchen Carlson)1508627639.0
CNN's Jake Tapper did the math:
O'Reilly attorney: Fox has paid close to $100M in settlements to dozens of women lodging complaints against scores… https://t.co/LKRD5dA4bI— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1508621246.0
At least $32 million of that BEFORE they re-signed Bill O'Reilly to a new $25 million contract. https://t.co/VGUrGpm7ps— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷))1508631159.0
And someone else brought up this classic piece of career advice from earlier this year:
The lesson Bill O’Reilly learned, albeit too late, is a serial sex abuser must know when to quit TV and run for president.— Stanley Cohen (@Stanley Cohen)1492632532.0