Bill O’Reilly’s New Book Debuts at No 1 on NY Times Best-Seller List Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal

Fox News host’s defense of traditional values “Old School” lands just as he’s under fire for $13 million in legal settlements for dealings with women


Just a few days after the New York Times published an article exposing Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s numerous sexual harassment suits, his new book has debuted at No. 1 in the same paper.

“Old School: Life in the Sane Lane,” which was co-written with “James Bond” author and humorist Bruce Feirstein, was released on March 28, and earned the top spot on the New York Times Bestsellers List in the nonfiction category. It’s described as a “defense of ‘old school’ traditional values versus ‘snowflakes’.”

Julie Bosman, a national correspondent for the Times, noted the achievement on Twitter, posting a snapshot of the list for the April 16 edition of the paper.

An expanded synopsis seen at Barnes and Noble breaks it down a bit more, saying it’ll explain the confrontation between the “old school,” which O’Reilly clearly has a bias towards, and “snowflakes,” who “look for something to get outraged about, every single day.”

“Time to take a stand. Old School or Snowflake. Which will it be?” it says.

The book came out just days before a damning New York Times report that said O’Reilly and the network have paid out $13 million to five women who accused the longtime host of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.

While many have spoken out against O’Reilly — including a number of brands that have pulled advertising from the show — the scandal hasn’t hurt his show in the short-term. His show continued to dominate in the ratings and was the most-watched cable news program on cable news in both total viewers and the key demographic of adults age 25-54.

O’Reilly denies the allegations, and many have come to his defense, including President Donald Trump.

Fox has come under fire in a number of sexual harassment scandals. Former CEO Roger Ailes resigned last year after numerous women came forward with allegations. Former contributor Julie Rogansky is only the latest to file suit.