William James O'Reilly Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American political commentator, television host, journalist and author. After spending the late 1970s and 1980s reporting for local television stations in the United States and later for CBS News and ABC News, he anchored the tabloid television program Inside Edition from 1989 to 1995. In 1996, O'Reilly joined Fox News and hosted The O'Reilly Factor. The O'Reilly Factor was the highest-rated cable news show for 16 years, and was described as the biggest star in the 20 year history at Fox News at the time of his departure. O'Reilly is considered to be a conservative commentator, although some of his positions diverge from conservative orthodoxy.
O'Reilly's media career took a major blow after various investigations revealed that he had paid half a dozen women nearly $50 million to settle various sexual harassment lawsuits. After the first investigation revealed that O'Reilly and Fox News had settled five sexual harassment lawsuits totaling $13 million, Fox News terminated O'Reilly's employment in April 2017. After being fired from Fox News, he created the podcast No Spin News.
He is also the author of several books, such as Those Who Trespass (1998) and, along with Martin Dugard, the Killing series of popular history books (nine so far, from 20102020).
Bill O'Reilly's work features examples of:
- Author Filibuster: Those Who Trespass is heavy on this trope. The two central characters represent two sides of his personality: The antagonist is a tall, "no-nonsense" television journalist named Shannon Michaels, described as the product of two Celtic parents; meanwhile, the protagonist is a "straight-talking" Irish-American New York City homicide detective named Tommy O'Malley.
- Ikea Erotica: Those Who Trespass is known for this.