The celebrity we are going to talk about today has so many controversies to his name that it is hard to choose which one is more shocking. Known to the world as a famed journalist, author, and former television presenter, this celebrity was the driving force behind his eponymous news show ‘The O’Reilly Factor,’ which was a hit and was aired for about 17 years. Yes, we are talking about Bill O’Reilly today, and that’s all about the obvious aspects of his life. Let’s move on to some of the lesser-known facts about him.
Did you know Bill was accused of sexual harassment by Andrea Mackris, one of the producers at Fox, a channel he worked in for 2 decades? Wait, that’s not all. Do you know Bill once hired the entire local police department to spy on his ex-wife and her new boyfriend? Now, think of the power this man holds, for not only did he manage to waltz his way out of the sexual assault case, but also somehow convinced the police department to conduct a spying operation against one of their own officers! Yes, his ex-wife Maureen’s boyfriend was himself a police officer. Curious to know more about the life and net worth of Bill O’Reilly in 2020? Keep reading.
Early Life & Biography
Bill O’Reilly was born on September 10, 1949, in the city of New York into a typical Irish Catholic family. He attended a private Catholic school as a child.
Bill completed his graduation in the year 1971 from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. While at school, he was a member of the football club as a punter and wrote for the school newspaper. Bill then went to England and studied at London University. Upon returning home, he played semi-professional baseball before graduating in history.
Bill O’Reilly then went on to study broadcast journalism at Boston University during the course of which he interned with different newspapers and stations. Do you know that in the initial phase of his career, Bill won a local Emmy and was admired for his virtue in investigative coverage?
Bill O’Reilly became a leading news star while anchoring the ‘Inside Edition’ show, where he covered the most controversial issues of that time.
Bill O’Reilly said ”I do” to Maureen on November 2, 1996. He is the father of two children Madeline (born 1998), and Spencer (born 2003). The couple separated in 2011. Due to a domestic violence accusation from his daughter, Bill lost the custody of both his children in February 2016.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Bill O’Reilly’s career took a turn in 1989 when he joined the critically hit show ‘Inside Edition.’ For the next five years, ‘Inside Edition’ was the highest rated ”infotainment” broadcast in America. After leaving the show, he joined Fox News and created his own show ‘The O’Reilly Factor’. With hard driving interviews and blunt commentary, he negotiated with the nation’s hottest issues. With his direct style of commentary, Bill O’Reilly became progressively known for his controversial allegations.
Along with his television work, Bill O’ Reilly has written numerous books. His published best sellers include ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ (2000) and ‘The No Spin Zone’ (2001) as well as the novel ‘Those Who Trespass’ (1998). He has also released controversial historical thrillers, ‘King Lincoln’ (2011) and ‘Killing Kennedy’ (2012).
Bill O’Reilly faced harassment allegations in 2004 due to which his career started to decline. Although the case with Andrea Mackris was settled out of court for about $2 million to $10 million, it opened the door for many more allegations from several other women. As a result, Fox showed Bill the exit door.
Net Worth & Earnings:
Bill O’Reilly has an estimated net worth of $100 million. He mainly earned through television and his bestselling books. Bill O’Reilly was an essential asset for Fox news. His famous TV show ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ generated $446 million in ad revenue for Fox News from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, Forbes ranked him as the 7th highest paid TV host and top-rated reporter with a high salary package of $18 million. Bill O’Reilly is also an author earning as much as $24 million per year from his published books. Although, his net worth did take a considerable hit after the sexual harassment cases, as he had to pay more than $50 million for settlement.
Bill O’Reilly’s life is full of ups and downs. Even after so many allegations and criticism, he did manage to achieve several feats in his career that can inspire millions. His writings have been accepted worldwide, and he has received wide popularity for his views on politics and the world.