O'Reilly says Fox ouster was 'hit job'

Fired Fox host O'Reilly busted for floating smear story on black woman he sexually harassed

In the first clip, O'Reilly shuts down a line of questioning as to him ever having sent a lewd text or email to a fellow employee at Fox News.

"I could do that but the collateral damage of these lawsuits, the press frenzy - every allegation is a conviction", he said.

"You were probably the last guy in the world that they wanted to fire", said Lauer. The network's top-rated prime-time host was subsequently pushed out in April.

"This was a hit job, a political and financial hit job", O'Reilly claimed on Today.

O'Reilly also told Lauer that the lawsuits involved "many other people, not just me". "They could prosper more without me".

"Nobody's a ideal person", O'Reilly said, "but I can go to sleep at night very well, knowing that I never mistreated anyone on my watch in 42 years". Previously, O'Reilly spoke to Glenn Beck for The Blaze via phone, calling his firing an "orchestrated hit" by the far left, and he likewise remained adamant against any claims of wrongdoing while speaking to Lauer.

Watch the heated exchange above.

NBC's Matt Lauer, however, asked O'Reilly an obvious question: If you're so obviously innocent of sexual harassment, why not sue your accusers for defamation?

O'Reilly continued, "Every company in this country - including this one, Comcast - has these lawsuits".

O'Reilly told Fox's Sean Hannity on his radio program Tuesday that he has launched an investigation into what he believes was a concerted effort to get him ousted from Fox News. O'Reilly said he was let go as part of a contractual clause before talking about how Fox was "unsettled" by the sponsorship boycott against him by left-wing groups. "You don't have the story correct".

The reference was to comments Hillary Clinton made to Lauer almost 20 years ago that a "vast right-wing conspiracy" was behind efforts to bring down her husband, former President Bill Clinton, since the day he announced his White House run.

On Tuesday, O'Reilly was back on air, alleging he was the victim (it's worth noting he parted Fox News with some $25 million in severance) while shilling his latest book.

"We are going to be able to prove what we say".

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