During his high school years, he met future pop-singer Billy Joel, whom O'Reilly described as a "hoodlum".
He had delivered a eulogy for his friend Joe Spencer, an ABC News correspondent who died in a helicopter crash on January 22, 1986, en route to covering the Hormel meatpacker strike.
Immediately after the video surfaced, O'Reilly acknowledged the video's existence, claiming that he was amusing his co-workers and said "I have plenty of much newer stuff...
If you want to buy the tapes that I have, I'm happy to sell them to you." The show was taped late in the afternoon at a studio in New York City and aired every weekday on the Fox News Channel at p.m. Progressive media monitoring organizations such as Media Matters and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting have criticized his reporting on a variety of issues, accusing him of distorting facts and using misleading or erroneous statistics.
In addition to being one of the first American broadcasters to cover the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, O'Reilly obtained the first exclusive interview with murderer Joel Steinberg and was the first television host from a national current affairs program on the scene of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
The video depicts O'Reilly cursing at his co-workers while having issues with the closing lines on his teleprompter, eventually deciding not to pre-record the closing segment to his show and instead "we'll do it live".
(born September 10, 1949) is an American journalist, author, and television host.