Bill O'Reilly Producer Confronts Rosie O'Donnell
Bill Unveils Solution For Shy, Would-Be 'Guests'
From FOX News confrontationalist Bill O'Reilly, here's a tip for talk hosts everywhere: when a prospective guest proves reluctant to appear, simply bring the show to them!
And what better guinea pig to test the O'Reilly Factor's new booking approach than with well- known introvert Rosie O'Donnell!
The end result has proven infinitely more entertaining than anything seen during Tuesday night's Democrat Party debate. Rosie caught off- guard in this setting is scarier than all of the ghosts and goblins visible during tonight's trick- or- treating.
And for good measure, Big O's producer even managed to catch the thin- skinned former View bigmouth in a bit of a fib.
In the video, filmed this weekend at a book signing in Huntington, N.Y., producer Jesse Watters asks O'Donnell why she won't return phone calls from The O'Reilly Factor, which is trying to secure her as a guest on the program.
"We've called you 100 times," Watters says on the tape. O'Donnell's reply: "If Bill wants me, he should tell me himself. He is a big boy. He is a grown-up."
O'Reilly, 58, has loudly criticized O'Donnell, 45, for what he considers her reprehensible views about the 9/11 attacks on America. In the video, Watters tells O'Donnell: "Rosie, he wants to know if you regret saying that 9/11 was an inside job?"
O'Donnell shoots back: "I did not say that. He is quoting the wrong people."
She then repeatedly asks a colleague of Watters' to put down his camera, and the pair are eventually moved away from her.
"Sir, you're done," she calls after Watters. "Get out of the store. You made your point, you have your tape, go home. Skip home happily."
One problem: Rosie did all but call 9-11 an inside job, even if she did use verbal trickery in saying so. From YouTube (start at 4:22 into the clip):
In the new confrontation, Factor producer Jesse Watters does a great job egging on O'Donnell without overstepping his bounds. After all, he did approach her in a public place and remained civil:
What makes this booking method so ingenious is that it has forced O'Donnell back into the debate, whether she wanted to be there or not. In the world of talk television, a quiet Rosie is bad for business. So what does it take to once again bring her into the fray? Producer Watters and O'Reilly have clearly discovered the proper formula.
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