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Does Bill O'Reilly Think The Simpsons Are Real?

| 23 Nov 2010 20:02

Fox News's Bill O'Reilly thinks the denizens of Springfield have gone too far, and calls upon Fox to rein them in.

In the most recent episode of The Simpsons, the series took a shot at Fox News. The episode opened with a shot of a Fox News helicopter, zooming towards the Statue of Liberty. The chopper bears the Fox News logo, followed by the motto "Not Racist, But #1 With Racists." The Hollywood Reporter reports that Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly was understandably offended by this jibe, but chose unusual words to express his displeasure: "Continuing to bite the hand that feeds part of it, Fox broadcasting once again allows its cartoon characters to run wild." I'm not trying to cast aspersions on O'Reilly, but his statement seems to indicate that the cartoons are the ones writing the jokes.

O'Reilly came to his network's defense on his own program, The O'Reilly Factor, bemoaning the wild cartoons and airing the clip. He closed the segment by saying, "Pinheads? I believe so." It was unclear whether he was referring to the cartoons themselves or the Fox executives who, as they have done for years, allowed the joke to air.

The Simpsons have never played nice with Fox, the network on which they air, and Fox News isn't immune from the animated jibes. Last Sunday's episode, "The Fool Monty," opened with network executives from NBC, Fox, Bravo, LOGO, TBS, and TNT, among others, meeting in a secret enclave atop the Statue of Liberty. Those wild cartoons. What'll they think up next?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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