- NAME: Bill O'Reilly
- OCCUPATION: Talk Show Host
- BIRTH DATE: September 10, 1949 (Age: 64)
- Did You Know?: Bill O'Reilly is not only a top-rated talk-show host, but a best-selling author.
- EDUCATION: Marist University, Boston University, Harvard University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- Full Name: William James O'Reilly Jr.
- AKA: William James O'Reilly
- AKA: William O'Reilly
- AKA: Bill O'Reilly
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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Bill O'Reilly is best known as the host of the cable news program The O'Reilly Factor, which began airing on FOX News in 2001. He is also the best-selling author of several books.
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Born in New York City in 1949, Bill O'Reilly is a talk-show host and journalist who began his television career in local news outlets around the country. As a correspondent, he won several Emmy Awards before moving to Inside Edition, a popular "infotainment" program. When FOX News launched, he was hired to do his own program, called The O'Reilly Factor,
"Traditionalists like me believe the USA has become strong because of it's core values, the freedom, individual responsibility and institutions like traditional marriage, which foster common goals."
"Americans will respect your beliefs if you just keep them private."
"This country is a better place because FOX News has succeeded."
"Unlike abortion, nobody gets hurt when gays marry but it does have deep implications for what kind of society we want to be. Therefore, individual states should decide the question."
"I've got nothing against gay marriage, it's not my issue. All right, I want homosexual Americans to be happy and pursue happiness."
"Public misbehavior by the famous is a powerful teaching tool."
"Americans will respect your beliefs if you just keep them quiet."
"Whenever I go on a show with a comedian, I just counter punch."
"Lotsa people want to hurt me. That's the price you pay for being a big mouth."
"We are living in treacherous times. Just about every famous person I know has been threatened and worked over by somebody."
which featured conservative commentary and interviews and quickly became the most watched cable news program. O'Reilly is also the author of several books, including Killing Lincoln (2011), Killing Kennedy (2012) and Killing Jesus (2013).
William James O'Reilly Jr. was born on September 10, 1949, in New York City, to parents William James O'Reilly Sr. and Angela "Ann" O'Reilly. Known as Bill O'Reilly, in 1971 he graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, with a degree in history. He taught high school for two years in Miami before returning to school to earn a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University.
O'Reilly's television news career began in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and included local news stops in Dallas, Denver, Portland and Boston. In 1980 he returned to New York to anchor his own program, and then joined CBS as a news correspondent. In 1986 he moved to ABC News, where, during his three-year tenure, he received two Emmy Awards and two National Headliner Awards for excellence in reporting.
O'Reilly's career took a turn in 1989 when he joined the nationally syndicated show Inside Edition. For the next five years, Inside Edition was the highest-rated "infotainment" program in America. After six years as its anchor, O'Reilly left Inside Edition to earn yet another master's degree, this time in public administration at Harvard University.
Upon leaving Harvard, O'Reilly was hired by the startup FOX News Channel to host his own show, The O'Reilly Factor. With hard-driving interviews and blunt commentary, O'Reilly dealt with the nation's hottest issues in an atmosphere described by him and his show's producers as the "No Spin Zone." In 2001, The O'Reilly Factor became the country's most watched cable news program. Shortly thereafter, O'Reilly expanded his media presence to include a weekly syndicated newspaper column and a national radio show called The Radio Factor, which ran from 2002 to 2009.
With his direct style of commentary, O'Reilly became increasingly known for his controversial statements. One such example occurred during a discussion on the talk show The View, during which he said, "Muslims killed us on 9/11." Cohost Whoopi Goldberg condemned the statement, pointing out that O'Reilly should have been more specific, rather than just generalizing the attackers as "Muslims." Goldberg and fellow cohost Joy Behar walked off the set. Barbara Walters, the primary host of The View, did not approve of the walk-out, but did not condone O'Reilly's statement either. O'Reilly defended his statement.
When not in front of the TV cameras, O'Reilly writes books.
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