Former Fox News pundit Eric Bolling fires back at Bill O'Reilly for inappropriate comments

Bill O'Reilly's having a long fall from grace, and one former colleague wants no part of it

Published October 25, 2017 6:59AM (EDT)

Eric Bolling    (Getty/Noam Galai)
Eric Bolling (Getty/Noam Galai)

Bill O'Reilly's fall from grace continues.

On Monday, the former Fox News host — ousted after reports surfaced of multi million-dollar payouts to sexual harassment accusers became too much for the conservative network to handle — tried to describe what he was going through, by invoking the death of a former colleague's son.

“I urge you to think about what you put in your newspaper,” O’Reilly told a New York Times podcast. “Eric Bolling’s son is dead. He’s dead because of allegations made — in my opinion and I know this to be true — against Mr. Bolling.”

Bolling responded to the insult, per HuffPost, saying: “I believe it is beyond inappropriate for anyone to bring in the tragic death of my son Eric Chase Bolling. Just as Bill O’Reilly had wanted to shield his children from the allegations against him, I hope he will honor my request and avoid any future mentions of my son."

O'Reilly's comments were a step too far for Bolling, whose son, Eric Chase Bolling, was found dead in his Colorado apartment last year. A cause of death for him hasn't been completed, though Eric Bolling said Saturday there were "no signs of self-harm."

The younger Bolling's death came on the heels of allegations that his father had engaged in lewd conduct with female coworkers.

Bolling and O'Reilly have had a close on-air connection in the past. When Bolling was starting out, he would often appear on and later guest host "The O'Reilly Factor," Bill O'Reilly's signature Fox News primetime show. Later, Bolling hosted a number of daytime Fox News programs.

The friendship between the pair seems to be alright. On Monday evening, O'Reilly apologized on Twitter, and Bolling seemed to accept it.

By Jeremy Binckes

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