Fox News host Bill O’Reilly used his show Monday night to weigh in on an incident involving a passenger that has rocked United Airlines.
After playing the clip of a male passenger being forcibly removed by aviation police officers from United flight 3411 on Sunday, O’Reilly chuckled as he told Fox News correspondent Rob Schmitt, “I shouldn’t be laughing, but it’s just so bizarre.
“They had to get some United Airlines personnel from Chicago to Louisville … they had to get them there, and so they asked for volunteers, and obviously, this guy didn’t volunteer,” O’Reilly continued as he laughed.
Toward the end of the segment, O’Reilly seemed to take a more serious tone. “Can’t have this kind of stuff – it looks like a police state,” he said.
The “O’Reilly Factor” host has recently seen his ratings soar even after The New York Times reported on April 1 that he had paid $13 million to settle sexual-harassment claims over more than a decade. Though about 60 companies have reportedly pulled their commercials from O’Reilly’s time slot, O’Reilly managed to attract more viewers to his show, according to data from Nielsen Media Research cited by Variety last week. The show drew more than 3.76 million viewers on its April 4 show – a 20% increase from the previous week.
The diminution of financial supporters for O’Reilly’s show does, however, seem to be having an impact on the format of the program. Fewer commercials have aired during “O’Reilly Factor,” according to TVNewser. About 13 minutes, 35 seconds of commercials had aired on last Wednesday’s program – about five minutes less than the prior Monday’s show.