- The O'Reilly Factor
The O'Reilly Factor
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Also known as The O'Reilly Report
Format Political Commentary Created by Bill O'Reilly Presented by Bill O'Reilly Country of origin United States No. of episodes 4,321 Production Running time 43 minutes Production company(s) Fox News Channel Broadcast Original channel Fox News Channel Picture format 480i (16:9 letterbox SDTV)
720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original run October 7, 1996– present External links Website
The O'Reilly Factor, originally titled The O'Reilly Report from 1996 to 1998 and often called The Factor, is an American talk show on the Fox News Channel hosted by commentator Bill O'Reilly, who often discusses current controversial political issues with guests.
The O'Reilly Factor is usually prerecorded, though it is occasionally aired live if breaking news or special events are being covered. It is usually taped between 5:00 and 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and airs weekdays at 8:00 PM, 11:00 PM, and 5:00 AM EST. Some guests are interviewed before the "live to tape" period and are slotted in the program as appropriate.
O'Reilly and his producers discuss potential topics twice a week. A producer will research the story and book guests for O'Reilly, and an information packet will be produced with possible angles for O'Reilly to explore. The producers will often "pre-interview" the guest so that they know what potential points he or she might make. For each show, O'Reilly, with the assistance of his staff, will produce a script with the words for the "Talking Points Memo" and "Pinheads and Patriots" segments, and points of discussion and questions for the guests that will appear on the program. On February 2, 2009 the show launched in high definition and moved to the previous studio used by the Fox Report.
The show is divided into titled segments, appearing in the following general order. Not all segments appear in all programs, and occasionally segments will repeat.
- Talking Points Memo: O'Reilly's commentary on a current event or the state of the country.
- Top Story: O'Reilly covers one of the important news stories of the day, with interviews with newsmakers, noted analysts, or Fox News Channel reporters. If there is nothing breaking, the Top Story will often expand on the subject covered in the Talking Points Memo with a guest that either rebuts or concurs with the memo.
- Impact: O'Reilly focuses on issues of crime and the law in this segment. Updates on criminal investigations, trials, and lawsuits are highlighted. Other times, issues relating to government relations and agencies are featured, as are stories about the Iraq War.
- Unresolved Problem: O'Reilly focuses on an issue that he feels is not sufficiently covered by other media.
- Personal Story: O'Reilly invites an author of a best selling book, a newsmaker thrust into the spotlight, someone who has experienced an event currently in the news, or someone who has interviewed a newsmaker.
- Factor Follow-Up: O'Reilly revisits an issue discussed in a previous edition of the Factor.
- Back of the Book: Various topics will be placed in this segment, which is one of the last segments (hence the name). Two examples are "Reality Check" and the "Great American Culture Quiz", in which O'Reilly quizzes two Fox News colleagues (usually Steve Doocy and Martha MacCallum) on pop culture.
- Factor Mail: O'Reilly reads brief snippets of Email sent to him. He frequently puts together letters that have opposite viewpoints on a particular segment. For instance, one letter will say O'Reilly was excessively lenient toward a guest while the next will say he was excessively hard on him. He will also frequently read out a short verse, usually a limerick.
- Pinheads and Patriots: A segment where O'Reilly praises someone he feels has done good things for the country or the culture, while chastising someone else he feels is committing specific harm or has simply made some sort of embarrassing blunder. In an experimental version of the segment, during early 2011, O'Reilly would roll a clip and the viewers would vote on whether the people in clip were "Patriotic" or "Pinheaded"; the new format was eventually scrapped and O'Reilly returned to declaring his "Pinheads" and "Patriots" unilaterally.
- Word of the Day: When providing the email address for viewers to write, O'Reilly will state that when writing, "don't be (a)" followed by a lesser-known word (thus challenging his viewers to discover the word's meaning).
Occasionally, the following segments appear:
- Barack and a Hard Place: A weekly segment where the best and worst things that U.S. President Barack Obama has done during the week are talked about with Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley.
- Children at Risk: O'Reilly covers issues relating to the health and well-being of children and adolescents.
- Charles in Charge: A regular segment where O'Reilly seeks commentary from Charles Krauthammer about the week's political events.
- Culture War: This segment which O'Reilly debates social issues that divide the country.
- Culture Warriors O'Reilly talks to Margaret Hoover and Gretchen Carlson about various subjects.
- Did You See That?: Video clips are shown and discussed with Dagen McDowell.
- Dumbest Things of the Week: Friday segment where the dumbest things of the week are shown and discussed with Arthel Neville and Greg Gutfeld.
- Factor Investigation: O'Reilly invites guests who have investigated a person or organization that O'Reilly has criticized.
- Fridays with Geraldo: Geraldo Rivera, of the Fox News-produced and syndicated Geraldo At Large, discusses a topic of interest to O'Reilly. Sometimes its own segment; other times rolled into one of the above segments.
- Kelly File: A segment where O'Reilly talks to Megyn Kelly.
- Great American News Quiz: Trivia questions are answered by Steve Doocy and Martha MacCallum.
- The Ingraham Angle: A segment where O'Reilly talks to Laura Ingraham.
- Is It Legal: Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle talk about legal matters.
- Miller Time: A Wednesday segment where O'Reilly talks to Dennis Miller.
- Policing the ...: A segment where O'Reilly reviews several sources for normally outlandish content. The "the" in the name is usually followed up by "net" (Internet), or Media.
- The Most R!d!culous Item of the Day: Replaced by "Pinheads & Patriots," it was a brief segment highlighting an offbeat news item.
- Factor Flashback: Normally aired during episodes in which someone fills in for O'Reilly; a replay of a previously aired segment.
- Weekdays with Bernie: A segment where Bernard Goldberg discusses topics with O'Reilly (generally this segment will appear on Mondays).
- Lou's the Boss: Business and economic issues are discussed with Lou Dobbs
- Watters' World: A segment that airs every two weeks on Monday, in which Factor producer Jesse Watters talks to the younger generation about a broad range of issues.
Early in 2009, the show's ratings increased. In July 2009, Hal Boedeker blogged that The O'Reilly Factor peaked at 3.1 million viewers which was an increase of 37% from the previous year. In September 2009, The O'Reilly Factor was the #1 cable news show for 106 consecutive weeks.
O'Reilly's first guest was General Barry McCaffrey, then the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (or "Drug Czar"). Over the years, many other well-known political figures and celebrities have appeared regularly on the show.
- Tanya Acker, Democratic strategist
- Glenn Beck, host of the Glenn Beck TV show, author, radio host; appears on Fridays
- Lou Dobbs, former CNN anchor/commentator; periodically appears at least once a month
- Medea Benjamin, Code Pink co-founder
- Tammy Bruce, Fox News contributor, author, talk radio host
- Amanda Carpenter, national political reporter for Townhall.com; appears on Wednesdays
- Neil Cavuto, Your World with Neil Cavuto host, Fox Business Network anchor, and frequent business advisory guest
- Alan Colmes, liberal commentator, syndicated radio talk show host and Fox News Channel political contributor; appears on Wednesdays
- Ann Coulter, conservative commentator and syndicated columnist
- Monica Crowley, radio and television political commentator; appears on Wednesdays with Colmes
- Jill Dobson, news & style editor for Star Magazine
- Steve Doocy, co-anchor of Fox and Friends; appears Tuesdays on "The Great American News Quiz"
- Jane Fleming, executive director of the Young Democrats of America
- Kinky Friedman, singer/songwriter, former candidate for governor of Texas
- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House
- Bernard Goldberg, former CBS correspondent and media analyst, often appears on Mondays
- Whoopi Goldberg, liberal commentator, actress and a host of The View
- Greg Gutfeld, host of Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld
- Jane Hall, Fox News contributor; appears on Thursdays
- Mary Katharine Ham, Internet expert & blogger
- Marc Lamont Hill, assistant professor of Urban Education at Temple University
- Margaret Hoover, Republican consultant (often paired with Powers); appears on Mondays; related to former President Herbert Hoover
- Sonny Hostin, legal expert
- Juliet Huddy, Fox News fill-in anchor
- Colonel David Hunt, military adviser
- Laura Ingraham, talk radio pundit and frequent special guest host; appears on Fridays
- John Kasich, special guest host, former Congressman, and former host of the former FNC Saturday program Heartland
- Megyn Kelly, host of America Live with Megyn Kelly; appears Tuesdays
- Martha MacCallum, co-host of America's Newsroom; appears Tuesdays on "The Great American News Quiz"
- Rachel Marsden, Canadian contributor
- Michelle Malkin, conservative commentator, Fox News contributor and frequent special guest host (is currently boycotting the show due to controversy involving remarks made against her by Geraldo Rivera over her position on illegal immigration).
- Angela McGlowan, Fox News contributor
- Dennis Miller, comedian; appears on Wednesdays
- Dick Morris, Fox News political analyst, former advisor to Bill Clinton
- Wendy Murphy, child advocate
- Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst
- Sarah Palin, vice presidential candidate in 2008, former Governor of Alaska, author, and Fox News contributor
- Kirsten Powers, Democratic strategist, Fox News contributor; often paired with Hoover in segments; appears on Mondays
- Robert Reich, fill-in host, former Secretary of Labor in President Clinton's administration
- Tonya Reiman, certified hypnotist; appears Mondays as a body language expert
- Karl Rove, former Deputy White House Chief of Staff under George W. Bush
- Geraldo Rivera, Fox News reporter-at-large, host of Geraldo at Large on weekends; appears on Fridays
- Laura Schwartz, Democratic strategist
- Al Sharpton, civil rights activist
- Trent Stamp, president of Charity Navigator
- John Stossel, Fox Business Network anchor, former co-anchor of ABC's 20/20
- Greta Van Susteren, host of On the Record
- Jesse Watters, Factor field producer
- Lis Wiehl, former federal prosecutor and current Fox News legal analyst; appears Tuesdays (also had co-hosted Wednesdays and Thursdays on O'Reilly's radio program)
- Juan Williams, political contributor; appears Mondays (has also served several times as guest host)
2008 presidential contenders
Bill O'Reilly had tried for years to get Hillary Clinton to come on the show. On April 30, 2008, Clinton agreed to come on the show as part of a pre-taped interview that would be broadcast over two days.
O'Reilly also held an exclusive, four-part interview with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Both interviews drew significant media attention as they were front runners for the 2008 presidential election.
In 2005, The Colbert Report premiered on Comedy Central. The show, hosted by Stephen Colbert, is a satirical spoof of pundit shows like The O'Reilly Factor, spoofing its format and the mannerisms and ideology of O'Reilly, whom Colbert calls "Papa Bear." Colbert makes no secret of his spoofing O'Reilly: upon hearing the news that O'Reilly approved of The Colbert Report, he declared on-air that "I like you too. In fact, if it wasn't for you, this show wouldn't exist." On January 18, 2007, Colbert appeared on The O'Reilly Factor and O'Reilly appeared on The Colbert Report.
The O'Reilly Factor has also been spoofed on Saturday Night Live, first by Jeff Richards and later on by Darrell Hammond. On MADtv it was Michael McDonald doing the honors. O'Reilly himself has appeared on MADtv. Richards also played O'Reilly in an episode of Mind of Mencia where O'Reilly is a senator in the year 2016.
The show was also spoofed by the TV series The Boondocks; first in the episode "The Trial of R. Kelly" where O'Reilly is shown talking about R. Kelly's latest legal trouble. Later in "Return of the King", O'Reilly is shown attacking Martin Luther King for saying that America should "love thy enemy" and "turn the other cheek", even in respects to the 9/11 attacks. O'Reilly accuses him of hating America and tells him to "Take another 40 year nap, Commie bastard."
The Political Machine features a skit called "The O'Malley Factor" ("A show you appear on while running for president").
In Arrested Development, the failed Bluth company frequently features on The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day segment.
CNNNN, an Australian comedy show which satirized cable news, featured a recurring segment entitled The Firth Factor. These segments typically showed Charles Firth, a member of the Chaser comedy team, presenting his opinion on topical issues, often through use of over-the-top comparisons (such as dipping a paper heart in a can of black paint and claiming: "This is how black Saddam Hussein's heart is") and outrageous statements in a parody of O'Reilly and Australian current affairs personalities. The Chaser's War on Everything also featured a segment in its second season where it poked fun at the O'Reilly factor.
In 2008 Talkshow with Spike Feresten has begun parodying O'Reilly with a series of videos entitled "Lil Bill O'Reilly", using a child as O'Reilly. The original video has become widespread throughout the Internet.
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