Jennifer Aniston Fires Back At Bill O’Reilly

by | August 12, 2010 at 6:27 PM | Cable News, The Movies, TV News

Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday of this week referred to Jennifer Aniston as “destructive to society” for promoting having a child without a father in her upcoming comedy The Switch.

Well, not 48 hours later Jen fired back at the conservative pundit.

Bill O’Reilly Calls Jennifer Aniston ‘Destructive to Society’

“Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth,” Aniston said in a statement to People Magazine. “And, of course, many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who’ve not yet found their Bill O’Reilly, I’m just glad science has provided a few other options.”

Olbermann Defends Aniston, Says O’Reilly Was Abused

Aniston had received unsolicited back-up prior to issuing her statement. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann took O’Reilly to task for his dig at the actress, and put the Fox Newsman on his “Worst Persons In The World” list.

In doing so, Olbermann suggested that abuse O’Reilly suffered as a child – as documented in the book ‘The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O’Reilly’ – was at the root of his rant.

“If you read Marvin Kitman’s biography of O’Reilly, it’s pretty simple,” Olbermann said. “Virtually every reference O’Reilly makes to his own father describes how the man hit, slapped, punched him.”

Aniston’s retort came in response to O’Reilly suggesting that a woman having a child without a man is an insult to fathers.

“She’s throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that, ‘Hey you don’t need a guy. You don’t need a dad.’ That is destructive to our society,” he said on ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’ “Jennifer Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she can’t hire a dad. Dads bring a psychology to children that in this society is under emphasized. Men get hosed all day long in the parental arena. The fathers that do try hard are under appreciated and diminished by people like Jennifer Aniston.”