Gawker Is Filing to Unseal the $10 Million Lawsuit Bill O’Reilly Wants to Keep Secret

J.K. Trotter · 07/29/16 10:10AM

You may have heard that Bill O’Reilly is suing his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, for upwards of $10 million over vague claims that she somehow defrauded him in their divorce agreement in order to fund an “existing extra-marital relationship.” What you probably haven’t heard is that a New York judge recently granted the 66-year-old Fox News host’s demand to place the entire case under seal—effectively preventing the public from evaluating the merits of a civil lawsuit filed by a public figure against a private citizen. This week, Gawker Media petitioned the court to vacate that ruling and open up the proceedings.

Bill O'Reilly: Actually, the Slaves Who Built the White House Had It Pretty Good

Hudson Hongo · 07/26/16 09:40PM

On Tuesday, conservative commentators sprang into actually to “fact check” Michelle Obama’s remark about the White House being built with slave labor, successfully missing the point of her story to note that, hey, lots of non-slaves worked on it too. Bill O’Reilly went one further, however, weirdly stating that the slaves that did work on the White House were “well-fed” with “decent lodgings.”

Bye, Roger: The Best Times Roger Ailes Was The Worst

J.K. Trotter · 07/21/16 05:50PM

Roger Ailes, the founder and CEO of Fox News, is resigning from the network after several female employees, current and former, alleged that Ailes had sexually harassed them. To bid him adieu, we’ve collected the best of Gawker’s coverage of the times Ailes—and the company he ran until today—were the worst. Enjoy?

Bill O’Reilly Plans to Sue Ex-Wife for $10 Million, Accuses Her of Cheating

J.K. Trotter · 05/23/16 02:20PM

Bill O’Reilly’s legal battle against his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy appeared to be over earlier this year when a panel of three appellate justices unanimously granted McPhilmy residential custody of the ex-couple’s two children. According to court documents filed late last month, however, O’Reilly intends to sue McPhilmy for $10 million on charges of misleading him about the terms of their separation agreement. In the same papers, the Fox News host accuses McPhilmy of using the proceeds of their separation to underwrite an affair with another man. And he wants the entire lawsuit to proceed in secret.

Bill O'Reilly Is Still a Racist Motherfucker

Jordan Sargent · 04/12/16 09:51AM

Bill O’Reilly is not the worst person on Fox News—except for when he definitely is, as in last night’s wild and racist discussion with Donald Trump about black people.

Bill O'Reilly Says He's Going to Put Black Lives Matter "Out of Business"

Brendan O'Connor · 08/31/15 08:10PM

After entertaining two perspectives on whether the Black Lives Matter movement should be categorized as a “hate group,” Bill O’Reilly decided, “They’re a hate group.” Well! Glad that’s settled. Just kidding—there’s always more: “And I’m going to tell you right now, I’m going to put them out of business.”

Bill O’Reilly Wants Gag Order on Ex-Wife and Children in Divorce Trial

J.K. Trotter · 08/10/15 09:45AM

Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly is currently embroiled in a vicious legal feud with his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy over custody of their young son and daughter, the latter of whom told a court-appointed forensic examiner that she had witnessed O’Reilly choking and dragging her mother down a flight of stairs by her neck. Now O’Reilly—who likes to position himself as a defender of press freedoms in the face of “spin” from liberal censors—is trying to ensure other details about his conduct as a father and husband are withheld from journalists. It’s unclear, however, how successful his campaign will be.

Court Transcripts: Bill O’Reilly’s Daughter Saw Him “Choking Her Mom”

J.K. Trotter · 05/20/15 02:00PM

Gawker has obtained partial transcripts from the custody trial at the center of Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly’s vicious dispute with his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy. The documents, which record testimony given last year, confirm that the ex-couple’s teenage daughter told a court-appointed forensic examiner that she witnessed O’Reilly “choking her mom” as he “dragged her down some stairs” by the neck. The same transcripts also reveal that O’Reilly—who famously settled a lurid sexual harassment claim from one of his young female producers—told his daughter that her mother is an “adulterer”; that he struggles to control his rage around his family; and that his daughter regards him as an absentee father.

Bill O’Reilly Accused of Domestic Violence in Custody Battle

J.K. Trotter · 05/18/15 01:00PM

Three weeks ago, a Nassau County Supreme Court justice ended a bitter three-year custody dispute between Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly and his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, by granting custody of the couple’s two minor children to McPhilmy. Though nearly all documents pertaining to New York family court cases are sealed, Gawker has learned that the justice in the case heard testimony accusing O’Reilly of physically assaulting his wife in the couple’s Manhasset home.

White Privilege Doesn't Exist, Says Noted Privileged White Man

Aleksander Chan · 08/27/14 04:09PM

Oh boy. We've long been aware that there is no room for irony in the vacuum of cable news, but Bill O'Reilly's segment last night on White Privilege™ was really something special. It doesn't exist, the man says! A lie perpetrated by a society of humans too goddamn lazy to overcome the disadvantages they are born into and most importantly: Bill O'Reilly himself.

Cam'ron: Bill O'Reilly Is Still Mad

Sam Biddle · 08/20/14 12:53PM

Eleven years ago, rapper Cam'ron debated Bill O'Reilly, agitating the Fox News anchor and becoming YouTube legend in the process. "U mad?" has become one of the great questions of our time. Since then, we've wondered if O'Reilly is still mad—and now we have an answer.