O'Reilly Krelin Killer Apology

Bill O'Reilly's 'Killer' Putin Comment: The Kremlin Wants Apology

The Kremlin and President Donald Trump have something in common, in that neither will let Bill O’Reilly’s characterization of Russian president Vladimir Putin as a “killer” go without comment.

During a Monday morning conference call with reporters, the Kremlin invited the Fox News personality to apologize for calling Putin a “killer” — to which Trump argued that the USA itself has “got a lot of killers. What do you think, our country’s so innocent?”

“We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, “and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company.”

The “killer” exchange occurred during O’Reilly’s sitdown with the president, which aired as part of Fox’s pre-game Super Bowl coverage and was excerpted and released to the media on Saturday (seen below). TVLine readers gave O’Reilly’s work during the Q&A an average grade of “C-.”

Neither Fox News nor O’Reilly have yet to respond to the Kremlin’s complaint.

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40 Comments
  1. John says:

    But it’s the truth, don’t apologize bill.

    • Robert says:

      Far be it for me to agree with anything Bill O’Reilly says, but Putin is a killer. Trump isn’t wrong either, the US isn’t innocent, but as POTUS he should always be on America’s side first. Isn’t that his whole slogan? I can’t believe I just sided with someone from Fox News. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

      • peterwdawson says:

        It happens. Bill is able to make good points and when not on his own show in particular is actually a pretty solid interview in most cases. There are much weirder personalities on Fox that (based on your comments at least) you’d probably feel sick for agreeing with.

    • Jerri says:

      Putin: I haven’t killed anybody. I have people for that.

  2. d says:

    Leave it to Russians. They can call Putler all they want but it’s because he’s their president.
    So yeah I think Bill O should apologize. What he did wasn’t true politics ans it was very embarrassing.

    • Chris says:

      He is a killer he absolutely should apologize for telling the truth.

      • Chris says:

        Should not oops

      • d says:

        Where is the legitimate proof of Pu being a killer? For now those are only words and they’re offensive. Especially when you use it to make other person look even worse then they already are.

        • Chris says:

          He was a KGB agent who burned files in Germany where he was undercover for 5 years to hide what he had done.

          • John says:

            So every CIA agent is a killer too?

          • peterwdawson says:

            A fair number of vocal critics of his (especially those in Russia itself) have also died under real mysterious circumstances. Like, the kind of murders that might as well have a neon sign over them screaming, “THIS WAS AN ASSASSINATION.” At the same time we don’t know for sure it was Putin who ordered the kills but it looks fairly bad. Killing American citizens abroad who are possible terrorist threats is bad enough, but silencing critics on American soil? That’s a new level of horrifying to imagine.

            As for the KGB to CIA comparison, if the CIA agent were in deep cover for 5 years in Germany and destroyed their files, yeah, I’d imagine there’s very good odds they’re a killer or, at the very least, some real nasty stuff in there.

          • This is for Peter Dawson, you mean kinda like all the deaths around the Clintons🤔

          • If you aren’t going to let people post here why bother. I just made an original comment and a response of you’ve already posted this comment came on. Really Lol What a joke!!!

  3. Cas says:

    Only Trump would defend someone by throwing his own country under the bus.

  4. Lake Vostok says:

    I never liked Bill O’Reilly and thought his show was a lot of BS…but I agree with the other posters here; don’t apologize. We still (sort of) have freedom of speech and O’Reilly merely voiced what so many in the rest of the world are afraid to say to that nut job in Russia. Don’t do it, O’Reilly. You’re spot on.

  5. Angela says:

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…*Shrugs*. Don’t want to be called a murderer, maybe don’t go around, y’know, killing people.

  6. Joey says:

    Gotta say, I won’t be too pleased if he apologizes for this, since, you know, he never apologized for calling George Tiller a killer.

  7. Ange says:

    Yet no one is discusding how Trump said we, meaning America, is no different than Russia. How does he have supporters.

  8. Jj says:

    Great. Now I’m in a situation where I want to defend Bill Falafel Freaking O’Reilly. What is this world coming to? Lol.

  9. Yoko says:

    All 3 of them are an embarassment to the whole world.

  10. will drake says:

    How is Putin different from Trump when Trump keeps demanding apologies from the media for reporting negative stories about him?

  11. Alex says:

    Putin is a terrible person, he is a killer, and he is not good for his country neither for the world, but to call him so on a national TV was a bad idea. It’s just unprofessional and scandalous, O’Reilly is not the UN-Tribunal. And by the way, if we are for diversity and everything why not finally abandon the binary cold war rhetoric of “bad” East and “good” West? I’m in no way like Trump, but he was right just to say it’s not all black and white.

    • Coop says:

      Why is it unprofessional to identify Putin as a killer when he’s exactly that? It is black and white and the United States is NOTHING like Russia. Same applies to other western countries when compared to Russia.

      • Alex says:

        Do you have any proof of his guilt? Can we also call America a nation of killers because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? How US is NOTHING like Russia if both countries are inhibited by humans who are flesh and blood and breath air? Binary logic and hate is exactly what dictators want.

        • Coop says:

          Are you for real? Give me a minute and I’ll consult all the assassinated journalists and politicians. I’m sure I can find a few that survived poisoning attempts, but will never be the same too! The United States didn’t start WWII, they finished it. The United States doesn’t murder journalists, their political opposition within the country, etc.

          • Coop says:

            Oh, I didn’t even mention Stalin, who was responsible for millions of deaths. Seriously, read a history book or two.

          • Alex says:

            Are we really going there? What about the Vietnam war and 18 million gallons of Dioxin sprayed by the U.S. military over the Southern Vietnam? Or, better we can talk about the American Civil War, how many people were killed back then, did Putin do it? Or maybe Putin and Stalin erased native Americans from their lands?

  12. danoregon says:

    O’Reilly will wear this like a badge of honor. He’ll probably go after Putin twice as hard now. Send Jesse Waters over to Russia to make fun of Putin…

  13. Tony Lang says:

    A president wants an apology from the media for being critical of his actions? Where have we heard THAT before ?!?

  14. Shannon says:

    Hmmm….maybe we’ll apologize to Russia if Russia apologizes to Ukraine. ;)

  15. Ned says:

    Don’t apologize. But better watch what you eat from now on.

  16. Coop says:

    He should open his show with the interview video, the Kremlin’s response and then just sit there in his chair laughing for a good 2 minutes.

  17. peterwdawson says:

    There was a time for dialed back SNL performances and that time was before Dana Carvey started doing George HW Bush.

  18. Jason says:

    The Kremlin is just going to have to grin and bare it. That’s what can happen in a free country where you don’t get to kill journalists when you disagree with them.

  19. DJ Doena says:

    In a way Trump is right:
    It’s the same hypocracy that was shown in the Harrison Ford movie “Air Force One”. Just because one kills with his own hands and the other orders an air strike doesn’t make the latter one the morally superior.
    How many drone strikes has Obama ordered that hit wedding ceremonies, killed children and it was all hand-waved away as “collateral damage”.
    These people were not unfortunate victims of war because the US did never declare war to Pakistan or Yemen or whereever else it was decided to kill people with an unmanned drone from the sky without prosecution or due process.
    “These people are terrorists” is just a more refined language compared to “bad hombres” but nothing more than that.

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