- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Eric Bolling accepted Bill O’Reilly’s apology Monday night after the ousted Fox News host invoked Mr. Bolling’s son’s death as an example of how allegations of sexual harassment can hurt families.

Mr. O’Reilly, a former prime-time Fox News host who was fired in April after it was reported that he and the network had settled five sexual harassment lawsuits, defended himself in an interview Monday with The New York Times.

He also brought up the tragic death of Mr. Bolling’s 19-year-old son, who was found dead in Colorado one day after it was announced that Mr. Bolling had parted ways with Fox News amid allegations that he sent unsolicited lewd photographs to female colleagues.

“I urge you to think about what you put in your newspaper,” Mr. O’Reilly told The Times. “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.”

Mr. Bolling said in a statement Monday that it was “beyond inappropriate” for Mr. O’Reilly to bring up his son’s death.

“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,” Mr. Bolling said. “My parting from Fox News was in no way connected to the tragic news of my son’s passing. The coroner has in fact indicated to us that they believe it was an accident.”

“Unlike others who left Fox News amid public allegations and extensive investigations, I parted ways with Fox News in an amicable way and any reference to a firing is flatly wrong, I have been working on new collaborations which I will be announcing in the next few months,” he added.

Mr. O’Reilly later apologized for his comments on Twitter.

“Apologies to Eric Bolling and prayers for him and his family,” Mr. O’Reilly wrote Monday evening. “The message I tried to send was that allegations harm kids. Nothing more.”

Several minutes later, Mr. Bolling said he accepted Mr. O’Relly’s apology.

“Thanks Bill, apology accepted,” he tweeted.

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