Last night on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly expressed no sympathy for the death of Whitney Houston over the weekend. While he did mention that he said a prayer for the singing star after hearing about her death, he also slammed the late star’s pattern of addiction, saying she “wanted to kill herself,” and that “nobody takes drugs for that long if they want to stay on the planet.”
He also addressed Tony Bennett‘s statements at Clive Davis‘ pre-Grammy party (held downstairs from the Beverly Hilton hotel room where Houston’s body was still being held) that all drugs should be legalized. The drugs that Houston was taking at the time of her death, O’Reilly pointed out, were legal, prescribed drugs, and went on to cite some statistics about how legal drugs have cause problems, just like illegal ones do.
But the gist and tone of O’Reilly’s “Reality Check” was somber rather than bombastic, as he put Houston in the long line of entertainment stars who have died young because they succumbed to their addictions. Of course, this could be looked at as a “too soon” commentary on Bill’s part, and going after the idealistic opinions of Tony Bennett feels like he’s shooting at an easy target. But he’s not completely off-base; he probably just needed to wait a few more days before expressing himself.
Then again, considering tonight’s episode has, according to “The Factor” website, a therapist “who will challenge conventional thinking that drug and alcohol addiction is a disease and says people have to take personal responsibility for their addiction,” it doesn’t feel like Bill will be coming off this issue anytime soon.