Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday returned to Fox News for the first time since his ouster in April, appearing as guest in Sean Hannity’s show, The Daily Caller reports.
“I’m here, I’m alive, and the spin stops here,” said O’Reilly, who was forced out after allegations of sexual harassment and settlement with accusers became public.
Both media titans discussed several topics, including President Donald Trump’s criticism of NFL players kneeling as protest to the National Anthem.
The former host of “The O’Reilly Factor” said he felt angry and sad when he saw NFL players kneel during the “Star Spangled Banner” during the Jaguars-Ravens game in London but stood up for the British national anthem.
“Can you imagine putting your life on the line in Afghanistan and having just the leisure time and wanting the watch a football game and seeing your players, your American players, disrespect the country and the flag on foreign soil. Can you imagine how painful that was?,” he added.
Hannity blamed Barack Obama for the protests, started last year by Colin Kaepernick in response to police brutality and racial inequality, for rushing to judgment about the shootings of Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray.