And just like that, Bill O’Reilly‘s lengthy (and polarizing) tenure at Fox News has come to an end. Today (April 19), the parent company the news channel revealed in a statement that the controversial political commentator would not be returning. The controversy stems from settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against O’Reilly.
“After a thorough and careful review the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” reads an ficial statement from 21st Century Fox, which is the parent company Fox News.
While O’Reilly has a complicated legacy, hip-hop lies within his storied past. Indeed, as one the leading conservative political commentators, the recently ousted host The O’Reilly Factor has seemingly bashed hip-hop on national television at least a few times a year, stretching back at least 15 years.
In 2002, O’Reilly publicly criticized Pepsi for using Ludacris in their commercials, claiming the rapper degraded women with his lyrics. Ultimately, the beverage company ended up dropping Luda, and it was allegedly because O’Reilly’s comments. Two years ago, O’Reilly went a good bit further, blaming hip-hop for causing a decline in Christianity.
“People faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment,” he said at the time. “The rap industry, for example, ten glorifies depraved behavior, and that sinks into the minds some young people—the group that is most likely to reject religion. Also, many movies and TV shows promote non-traditional values. If you are a person faith, then the media generally thinks you are a loon.”
Today, XXL takes a look at the polarizing media personality’s 10 most infamous hip-hop moments. Check out our list below.