Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told the Washington Post that he’s “not comparing” himself to Jesus Christ, but many people hated him as well.
In an interview with Sally Quinn, he claimed “O’Reilly haters” would never read his latest book, “Killing Jesus.”
“The O’Reilly haters are pretty much the people that have no idea what I do,” he said. “And I like that — I mean, I don’t have any problem with people disliking me, and I’ll tell you why. I’m not comparing myself, but who was the most hated person in Judea 2,000 years ago?"
“Many, many loved him, but just as many despised him,” he continued. “They’re always going to do that. If you speak your mind, you’re going to have some who like you and some who hate you.”
“You say you’re the biggest sinner of all. What are your sins?” Quinn asked.
“Everything … I’m not going to tell you, Sally Quinn, what my sins are. But I’m certainly fallible and I don’t put myself up as any paragon of virtue,” he said.
“Why do you think that there is so much sneering and ridicule toward religion by people who don’t believe?” she asked.
“Because they don’t want to be judged,” O’Reilly said. “They believe that religious people are judging their behavior, and they don’t want to be judged. They want to do what they want."
He argued that “secular progressives” don’t like religion because they’re sinners who don't want to be judged.
“Take a guy like Bill Maher. He’s probably the most visible atheist in the American media," he added. "Well, Bill Maher does not want to be told what to do. He wants to do whatever he wants. And if it’s take drugs, he wants to be able to do that. If it’s commit adultery, he wants to be able to do that. Whatever it may be, he doesn’t want anybody telling him not to. And the people that would do that would be religious people, so he strikes out against them.”
He told Quinn he's never had a "crisis of faith" because he keeps his life simple.
“Whom do you admire?” Quinn asked.
“I admire people who are making $40,000 a year and living an honest life. Life is hard. I don’t like phonies. I don’t like liars. I don’t like narcissists. I like the regular folks,” he said.
The host of the “O’Reilly Factor” was one of the top-paid authors of 2013, taking home $28 million, according to Forbes. He upset his new neighbors on Long Island’s East End this year for buying a 1940s cottage on the ocean worth $7.6 million and immediately tearing it down.