Disgraced former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly resurfaced on Wednesday to share his thoughts on the wave of deaths due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
And he doesn’t seem to have much sympathy for the victims, who tend to be older and are more likely to have other health problems.
“Many people who are dying, both here and around the world, were on their last legs anyway,” he said on Sean Hannity’s radio show, according to audio posted online by Media Matters. “I don’t want to sound callous about that.”
Hannity interjected: “You’re gonna get hammered for that.”
“I don’t care,” O’Reilly said. “A simple man tells the truth.”
The infection has killed more than 14,000 Americans since Feb. 28, the date of the first reported coronavirus fatality in the United States, and the toll continues to grow.
On Wednesday, 779 people died in New York alone.
O’Reilly paid at least $45 million to settle sexual harassment allegations, including $32 million to a former Fox News analyst in a scandal that eventually cost him his job on Fox News.