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. Tom

    Shouldn't this dolt be at the Huckabee camp? Instead, O'reilly is picking fights with Obama. Ironically, O'reilly called the staffer low class; however, it was O'reilly that resorted to using physical contact. What a jerk. If O'reilly wants to taunt someone, he should go taunt tigers at the San Fran. Zoo . . . I hear it has reopened!

    January 5, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Doug H

    Am I surprised? Not at all.

    January 5, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Norman, Orlando FL.

    O'Reilly says Obama is great? ......

    Well, Snow flurries did fall in Central, FL. Close enough.

    January 5, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Judith

    Typical O'Reilly. Enough said.

    January 5, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. JS

    This is typical of a pompous jerk like BillO! Somehow he equates himself as a class above any staffer and when the staffer does his job, he opens his big mouth to call him "low-class" and force his way through. At least if the staffer is low-class, that still ranks far ahead of the "NO-class" exhibited by BillO!

    January 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Marilyn Smith

    Tell me that someone is going to reprimand Bill O'Reilly for his behavior and his comment.

    "Noone on this earth is going to block a shot on the O'Reilly Factor.". Give me a break. With that mentality he's better off with a job chasing Britney Spears' ambulance with the rest of the TMZ scum. He's got the same attitude with behavior like that.

    January 5, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Sean

    O'Reilly is a jerk ... we already knew that.

    January 5, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. LG "Zeek" Duff

    Typical bullying behavior. Why does anyone even acknowledge this guy's very existence? He's been shown repeatedly to be a bully, a liar, and a sex deviate. CNN shouldn't give him one iota of coverage until he lands himself in jail. It's coming.

    January 5, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Drema

    O'Reilly excuses his obnoxious ways as a "news gathering" event......he's stupid and he knows it!

    January 5, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Mike Augisfat

    Bill O'Reilly is a everything wrong with 24-7 News channells. Too manyhours to fill and what else gets ratings? Bullys like Bill O'Reilly. When will this guy finally get his due justice and have a old fashion well deserved butt-whipping. It sickens me to see his face let alone his never ending schilling of his junk/chotzkies.

    January 5, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Fatta

    Mr O'Reilly's ego is as big as all the dumpsters of New Hampshire put together. No wonder why he sees all the people "low class". Can any one get lower than O'Reilly?

    January 5, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Bob, Sanford, NC

    O'Reilly Stinks just like the rest of his Fox ding bats. Watch his show and you will see he has NEVER been able to talk without using his hands to speak for him. Oh , he must also have a pen in his hand like a child has there blanket. He and Shawn will interrupt there guest and it is no wonder anyone would want to be on the sunken spin factor. I just hope they learn to say Mrs. President and do not have trouble getting used to saying it. He will learn one day not everyone believes in his tacky talk.

    January 5, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. chris

    Oh, how I wish, really, that BillO would dare do that to me. But I'll simply watch them charge him with assault. He's a goon. He's a thug. And worse than all, he's a chump coward who thinks so mighty of himself. Touch my arm and he'll be a broken chump coward.

    January 5, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. RTH, Bellingham, WA

    ... Later, Bill and Obama went to Harlem and had fried chicken and grits. Bill was amazed – AMAZED – to see Obama eat with utensils. On the O'Reilly Factor the next day he gushed, "I was amazed – it was like he was white, or something."

    Sorry, that's probably uncalled for, but Bill lost what little respect I had for him (which wasn't much) when he was thrilled to see blacks acting like normal people. Add in his conceit (really, Bill? No one blocks a Factor shot? not even the Secret Service?), and I'm amazed anyone still watches the guy. Unless, I guess, you think it's okay for someone to push people out of the way for what they want.

    January 5, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. John, va

    And who is low class?

    January 5, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. David

    O'Reilly really is about the most obnoxious person on the planet.

    January 5, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. angie

    this does not suprise me at all. FOX is reeling because of the fall out of banninng Ron Paul from the debates. They are getting emotional I suspect.

    RonPaul 08

    http://www.nhgop.org/ THIS SAYS IT ALL

    Fox is falling

    January 5, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. GS

    O'Reilly is a thug – what's the big surprise. And he likes the sound of his own voice. Unfortunately for him, all his make up and the Victoria's Secret panties underneath can't hide the fact that he is a TURD RETARD.

    January 5, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Rebecca

    What a little punk! Is this guy losing it, or what?

    January 5, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Jim in Orlando, FL

    Conservative but no fan of O'Reilly. Kudos to Obama and his staff for handling it well.

    January 5, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Jerry

    "It is not going to happen."

    What a arrogant, fatuous waste of wind O'Reilly is.

    January 5, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Maggie

    BO has worked such a hard, long time trying to prove what a jerk he really is, and I do believe he's succeeding!

    It must be terrible to look in the mirror and realize you're old and that all the fresh young, reporters are passing you by.

    Don't you worry, Bill, it will be alright.

    Mags

    January 5, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. georgina, canada

    moron.....

    January 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Michael Sheridan, Grand Rapids, MI

    "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."

    The gravitational attraction of Bill O'Reilly's massive ego has collapsed it into a singularity from which intelligence no longer can escape.

    January 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. boy cotten

    o'reilly is a goon, an illiterate moron, and a boob. boycott him and the rest of the fascists at fux news

    January 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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