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O’Reilly: ‘Enjoying a Destruction’ of Brian Williams ‘Disturbing’

On Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC, “The O’Reilly Factor” host Bill O’Reilly talked about the controversy involving NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams and allegation he had embellished various stories throughout his career.

O’Reilly condemned those that are enjoying the embattled news anchor’s difficulties.

“Well, number one, I feel that anybody who is enjoying a destruction of this man, you’ve got to look at yourself here,” O’Reilly said. “And there’s a lot of people happy his career is going down the drain. That disturbs me. He made a mistake. Is it a character flaw? I don’t know. If it is, he’s going to lose his job. If another one comes out that he exaggerated a story that he reported, he’s going to lose his job. He can get one.”

Additionally, O’Reilly argued Williams deserved the benefit of the doubt due to the high-profile nature of some public figures and the eagerness by those who want to take those public figures down.

“Look, every public person in this country is a target and with the Internet — you know what it is. It’s a sewer,” he continued. “And these people delight in seeing famous people being taken apart. I just think it’s wrong. We’re human beings like anybody else. You know, Kimmel makes a lot of money, me not so much. So what? We earned it. This is America. So I don’t like this taking and destroying people for sport business. I don’t like it. So if there’s a doubt with Brian Williams, I’m going to give it to him.”

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