January 6th, 2008
10:10 AM ET
12 years ago

O'Reilly gets in confrontation with Obama staffer

O'Reilly got into a confrontation with an Obama staffer Saturday.

O'Reilly got into a confrontation with an Obama staffer Saturday.

(CNN) - Fox News talk show host Bill O'Reilly had a confrontation with a staffer for Barack Obama’s campaign that the aide and several eyewitnesses claim became physical.

The incident began when O’Reilly tried to get Obama’s attention after a Nashua campaign event. He allegedly began yelling at Obama’s National Trip Director Marvin Nicholson to get out of the way. O’Reilly then, according to eyewitness accounts, shoved the staffer.

Nicholson told CNN O'Reilly grabbed him by the arm and started "pushing" him. Nicholson also said that when he asked O'Reilly to stop pushing him, the talk-show host responded that he was "low class."

O’Reilly soon got Obama’s attention, and the two men spoke briefly.

"They shook hands and Mr. O'Reilly said that he thought Sen. Obama was great and that he loved him, and he'd love to have him on the show," Nicholson said. "And then the senator said that he would think about coming on the show after the primaries."

Then the Secret Service intervened to ask O’Reilly to step back behind the barricade that marked the press area.

Speaking later on Fox News, O'Reilly said he tried to "gently remove" the Obama staffer so his camera could get a shot of the Illinois senator.

"We're sorry we had to have that little confrontation," O'Reilly added, "but no one on this earth is going to block a shot on The O'Reilly Factor. It is not going to happen."

Related video: Obama aide: O'Reilly shoved me

- CNN's Chris Welch contributed to this report

soundoff (775 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Wow, bill takes his own photos for the show? Funny that he thinks his photos are worth shoving (or gently moving) other people out of the way for. Class act.

    January 5, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. Turk McTavish

    Aye, kin ye smell me feets now?

    January 5, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Nick

    Classy...typical media.

    January 5, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. Parrish

    Another Republican telling those of us who are not members of the bourgeis that we are not allowed to exist between what they want and what they deserve... I hope Obama stiffs O'Reilly and doesn't even take him up on the offer... let that fear and war mongering conservative stumpster talk about Obama third hand while Obama continues to seek out "the least of these" as his campaign continues to not only say, but do. Thanks again Obama for giving those of us "low class" people a voice in Washington... keep the faith and keep the Obama train rollin'.

    January 5, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    O'Reilly is an buffoon pandering to ignorant Americans who should be prosecuted for this kind of behavior.

    January 5, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Typical radical right-wing smoke screen attempt to steal the thunder from Senator Obama's campaign event. It's interesting how FOX news was the ONLY network running with this story thusly spewing more FAKE outrage. It's time America rids itself of these radicals who have no legitimate agenda except to spread their hate.

    It's time these radical right-wingers (O'Reilly, Sean Hannidy, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh) to close their hot wind bag mouths.

    They have nothing of importance to say except attempt to bring down others.

    Ronald Regan would be ashamed of the direction his party has gone.

    Sad, Sad, Sad.....

    January 5, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. John

    how ignorant can this guy possibly be?....

    "no one on this earth is going to block a shot on The O'Reilly Factor......????"

    how does this guy possibly have his own television show? well. i guess that is where we're at in America today.

    January 5, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. kalamaku

    calling the staffer "low class" for doing his job? Hmmm something about a pot calling a kettle black jumps to mind here

    January 5, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. Rick Short

    Can we say "Geraldo Rivera" ?

    January 5, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Adam

    What a moron.

    Like so many conservatives, O'Reilly is a mean-spirited, arrogant, self-entitled hypocrite. Time for that type of influence to fade into history.

    January 5, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. FAIR TAX,LA.

    way to geaux, put the boxing gloves on !! lmao

    January 5, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. James

    "Gently remove" huh?

    More spin from the spin master O"Reilly, he is nothing more than a loud and obnoxious chicken hawk. I dont like Obama, but I hope he doesnt go on the O'Reilly factor. Its hard to imagine that there are people out there who actualy believe all the crap that comes out of O'Reillys mouth.

    PS. Hannity sucks too.

    January 5, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Nick Barman

    Typical of the idiotic behavior, and aptly reflective of the infantile drivel purveyed by Mr. O'Reily!

    January 5, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Ed in Atlanta

    Obama - he said he loved you? if bill told me he loved me I would run! I think that's what one of his female staffers tried to do a few years back if I'm not mistaken - run from him!

    January 5, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Jim L

    Tase 'im, Bro'!

    January 5, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. M60A1TC

    Well there goes CNN again, if this would have been the other way around, aCNN reporter shoving his way in to a Rep cantidat no reports. Right on CNN keep up the nasty work.

    All the best from Colorado

    January 5, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. AnHonestOpinion

    Regardless of political affiliation, this guy is too full of himself.

    "We're sorry we had to have that little confrontation," O'Reilly added, "but no one on this earth is going to block a shot on The O'Reilly Factor. It is not going to happen."

    I can only assume he feels himself to be above the law and everyone should accomidate hid wishes.

    If the Fox network had any integrity it would at least sanction O'Reilly, take him off the air for a while and send him to humility classes.

    January 5, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. j

    here comes fox news again!! or if i will say, fake news. out of a suden, obama is very important to bill o reilly, hahahaha. get lost. i hope he never comes to your show, you biased network. i hope a dem president will ban, i mean, ban fox news from the white house, i will love that!!!!

    January 5, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. vet24

    'Nobody will block my shot' – never mind that he and his crew apparently missed the press set up period and because of that did not get a prime camera position. Nobody was trying to block his shot, just the way the line was moving. Grow up Bill, you act like a spoiled child way too often for my taste.

    January 5, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Joel

    O'Reilly needs to get off his little hobby horse and realize that he is not special. Yes he has an accomplished job. I definitely give him props for that. But by no means is one, a media icon like himself to act like a 3 yr old in a grocery store, not getting the candy he wanted. Even if Mr. O'Reilly did "gently remove" the staffer, what does that show the youth of today? It shows that with force and hostility it is possible to obtain what is wanted. Great role model is Bill O'Reilly? Not so much.

    January 5, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Patrick Fuller

    O'Reilly is such a low class jerk. If only he had an ego........

    January 5, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. lee long

    O'Reilly is an arrogant piece of offal and most certainly has no class whatsoever. What a putz.

    January 5, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Steve Mantua, NJ

    O'Reilly is still relevant? I would have had him kicked out the event on the spot. Being a member of the press (albeit an embarrassment to the profession) does not give you the right to accost a member of Obama's staff. I may be no fan of Barack Obama, but he and his campaign earned my respect by handling what could have easily turned into an ugly situation with grace and dignity. O'Reilly is a smug, self-absorbed piece of garbage who should have been put out to pasture a long time ago. The man is a hypocrit and a conservative hack to say the least.

    January 5, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. Jim Williams

    The usual pretentious arrogance that always radiates from Bill O'Reilly. Well, what else do you expect by someone who used to host Inside Edition?

    January 5, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. ificandream

    Why wasn't O'Reilly arrested? Isn't what he did considered assault? How unprofessional. And then to say, but no one on this earth is going to block a shot on his show. "It is not going to happen." He sounds like a 2-year-old.

    January 5, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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