Bill OReilly is pointing the finger at God for the allegations of sexual harassment against him.
You know, am I mad at God? Yeah Im mad at him. I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didnt happen, OReilly said on his web series, No Spin News, according to CNN.
The former Fox News anchor has adamantly denied wrongdoing after aNew York Times article revealed he paid a $32 million sexual harassment settlement the largest of at least six.
OReilly, who claimed The Times maliciously smeared him, said he settled with his accusers to protect his children.
He mentioned his children again in his defense on Monday, saying, If I die tomorrow and I get an opportunity, Ill say, Whyd you guys work me over like that? Didnt [you] know my children were going to be punished? And theyre innocent.
The former Fox News host, who also defended himself to the sympathetic ears of Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, allegedly harassed legal analyst Lis Wiehl.
Wiehl alleged OReilly sent her gay pornography and forced her into a nonconsensual sexual relationship, The Times reported.
News of the $32 million settlement came six months after another bombshell Times report revealed OReilly settled with five other women for a total of $13 million.
Weeks later, the top-rated cable news host followed the footsteps of executive Roger Ailes, who was ousted after numerous allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
OReilly was called out by his former network anchors Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, both of whom claim to have been the victims of sexual harassment during their time at Fox.
Carlson, who filed the lawsuit against Ailes that eventually led to his downfall, responded to OReillys claims of innocence on Twitter, writing, Nobody pays $32m for false allegations – nobody.
Kelly also addressed the allegations against OReilly on her morning show, saying she filed a complaint about him with Fox nearly a year ago.
This must stop. The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threatening, the retaliation. The silencing of them after the fact, she said.