“I feel that anyone who is enjoying the destruction of this man, you gotta look at yourself here,” the Fox News personality said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday. “And there’s a lot of people who seem to be real happy that his career is going down the drain And that disturbs me.”
Williams credibility is in question after admitting he was never on a helicopter that was forced down by RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] fire during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. O’Reilly previously said he believes Williams told the story during a David Letterman appearance to appear “cool” and “fascinating,” and stuck by the assumption, but added Williams will “get by” — providing he doesn’t get caught exaggerating any other stories.
“He embellished this story. If it’s just one time, he’ll get by. But if it’s a pattern of this, it’s going to be hard for him to come back and be the main anchor on NBC,” O’Reilly said. “He’s going to ride it out. He’s either going to make it or he isn’t.”
O’Reilly’s biggest beef isn’t with Williams, but rather the people rushing to judge him in comment sections across the internet.
“Every public person in this country is a target,” O’Reilly said. “And with the internet — and you know what it is, it’s a sewer — and these people delight in seeing famous people being taken apart. And I just think it’s wrong.”
Watch the video to find out how O’Reilly’s own experience in a war zone help him sympathize with Williams.