Bill O'Reilly left the safety of his "no spin zone" at Fox News Wednesday to pay a visit to Seth Meyers at NBC's "Late Night." But the "O'Reilly Factor" host brought his own spin to a candid discussion about the Black Lives Matter social justice movement and the high profile lawsuit his employer is facing.
On "Late Night" Wednesday, O'Reilly and Meyers sparred over the legitimacy of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of last week's spate of violence between citizens and the police. While Meyers expressed his support of the movement's goals, O'Reilly took issue with its methods, calling it a "destructive movement."
"I believe there are grievances in America that are valid and they should be protested and protested peacefully and they should be rational and they should say this is the problem, let's find a solution," O'Reilly said. "But if you look at the Black Lives Matter leadership, it is a movement based on that America is inherently an evil country based on white superiority. That's what they believe. They don't want to solve the problem they want to break the system down."
O'Reilly went on to say that civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have supported the Black Lives Matter movement. Meyers pressed O'Reilly on the issue, arguing that African-Americans have been asked to have patience for centuries while they wait for the country to solve its problems with race relations. O'Reilly countered that he was not asking for patience, but "rationality."
O'Reilly and Meyers also discussed the lawsuit former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson brought against Fox News boss Roger Ailes last week alleging sexual harassment. O'Reilly made it clear he supports Ailes, claiming he is a target for "frivolous lawsuits" because of his fame and status.
"I’ve worked for Roger Ailes for 20 years — best boss I’ve ever had, straight shooter, always honest with me, and I believe that, over the years, 95 percent of the people who have worked for Roger Ailes would say exactly the same thing," O’Reilly said. "I stand behind Roger 100 percent."