Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly joined Glenn Beck on The Blaze for the first time Friday, and things got a little awkward when they talked about the death of Roger Ailes.
Glenn Beck left Fox News in 2011 because he claimed he wanted to save his soul. The network fired back, saying he was on his way out anyway because advertisers were fleeing from his show.
On “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” Friday, Beck brought up the death of Roger Ailes, saying, “I’ve never liked someone as much as I like Roger Ailes and then despised some of the things that he did at the same time.”
O’Reilly seemed to think Beck was referring to his split with the network rather than Ailes’ sexual harassment issues and awkwardly tried to absolve himself of any blame in Beck being booted.
“I, as you know, didn’t get involved with that when you were at Fox News, only to the extent that I told [Ailes], quite clearly, that you were very beneficial to the network,” O’Reilly, who recently left Fox over sexual harassment allegations, said.
“He knew that I was in your corner,” O’Reilly told Beck. “So I don’t know any more than that.”
“I’m not even talking about that,” Beck clarified.
Beck went on to explain that Ailes could be very “loyal” but also “ruthless.”
“Ailes was a businessman who operated in a world where what was good for him would happen,” O’Reilly asserted. “If you were going up against what was good for him, then there would be a conflict.”