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Updated on: May 19, 2017

Bill O’Reilly Reveals The Reason Behind Roger Ailes’ Death

Former Fox News host O’Reilly and Former CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes had a few things in common. Apart from their former status at Fox, both were involved in various sex harassment charges over the years. Roger Ailes, once a force in conservative media industry died just a day ago, on May 18, 2017. Since his death, many have come forward to express their sorrow. O’Reilly took quite a strong stand on the matter.

 Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly

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O’Reilly in a guest column he wrote for USA Today says ‘’brutal hatred’’ that Roger Ailes had to endure killed him, the man who created the Fox News Empire. He broadened his reflections on Ailes’ death he made on his podcast ‘No Spin’ on Thursday, right after the death, on the USA Today column.

On his podcast on Thursday, O’Reilly had mentioned

‘’He died in a way that was heartbreaking. His departure from Fox News broke his heart.’’

Like O’ Reilly Roger Ailes had to leave the network following multiple sexual harassment cases and increasing criticism against Fox News.

 

On his podcast, O’Reilly blames the media for sympathizing with Bill Clinton regarding the same issues while treating Ailes unfairly and went on to say, that was why he died, Ailes was heartbroken.

On his column, Reilly says that Ailes’ bluntness and his ability to advocate for the truth while he was an advisor to George ‘Bush the Elder’ and Ronald Reagan including his push in making the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh led him to make enemies. He went on to say

"And it was that bluntness that made his life difficult, as enemies accumulated — some armed with a brutal hatred.’’

O’Reilly wrote hatred for Ailes increased, even more, when he helped establish Fox News in 1996 and the networking started trumping ratings of CNN and became the leading force in cable News.

Another factor Bill O’Reily blamed for Roger Ailes’ death was technology. He said the rapid changes and changing culture brought on by technological advances led to an intensified and increased hatred for people like Ailes. To quote him, he said:

"We are living in a rough age, with technological advances changing behavior and perspective. The downside of that is turning us into a nation where hatred is almost celebrated in some quarters."

Talking about his ex-boss’ death O’Reilly added:

"Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him. That is the truth. But he would not want to be remembered that way. He did both good and bad in his life and in that, he has something in common with every human being.’’