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In that review, Lowry referred to Carolla as one of “Fox News Channel’s house clowns.”
Partial transcript as follows:
O’REILLY: You know I usually ignore this kind of garbage by these fanatical people that take shots at Fox News. When it's totally out of context he was reviewing a program, a TV program you were on.
CAROLLA: "Home Improvement".
O'REILLY: Home Improvement you know where you were wrestling contractors.
CAROLLA: Well, what I would do is I would lay out a wall and then put up some shear wall and give a nailing schedule and then pontificate about politics for 20 minutes. And then -- no, no, I never spoke about politics. It never came up. It's a home improvement show. You know, I was thinking, it's funny that Variety is called variety, meaning a potpourri of opinions, thoughts, and ideas. It's not variety. It's only variety if you agree with them.
O'REILLY: Right. It's just --
CAROLLA: If you don't agree with them, then they'll tear you a new one.
O'REILLY: It's a strident left wing production.
CAROLLA: But ironically called Variety if you could have another opinion.
O'REILLY: But I agree with you that, you know -- because it was totally out of context. He takes a shot at you for being Fox News' house clown while reviewing a project that has nothing to do with Fox News. Nothing -- you know, if you were bad on the show, say that.
CAROLLA: But the thing with the left is anybody who disagrees with them must just be drinking O'Reilly's Kool-Aid or whatever it is. I know that sounded very homoerotic but what I'm trying to say is, somehow, I've been brainwashed by you and the good folks over at Fox and -- or you've abducted my daughter and I'll never see her again unless I agree with your politics.
O'REILLY: You don't agree with me a lot of times. Look, it was just a cheap shot. But I want to -- you know, we want to, at least, get it on the record.
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