UPDATE: Bill O’Reilly has issued an apology after mocking congresswoman Maxine Waters with his “James Brown wig” comments on Tuesday’s Fox and Friends.
“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” he said in a statement. “I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.”
According to a Fox News spokesperson, O’Reilly will discuss the comments on Tuesday night’s The O’Reilly Factor, airing at 8 p.m. ET.
Bill O’Reilly is coming under fire for scorning Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters on Fox and Friends Tuesday. “I didn’t hear a word she said,” O’Reilly remarked after watching a clip of Waters railing against Trump and the Republican party. “I was looking at the James Brown wig.”
A representative of California’s 43rd district, the congresswoman made headlines for a recent speech, in which she said, “We’re fighting for the democracy. We are fighting for America. We’re saying to those who say they’re patriotic but then turned a blind eye to the destruction that [Trump’s] about to cause this country, ‘You are not nearly as patriotic as we are.'”
O’Reilly initially mocked Waters by raising a fist during the clip and mouthing, “Right on.” After his comments, Fox and Friends cohost Ainsley Earhardt said, “You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.”
“I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive,” O’Reilly retorted. “I love James Brown. But it’s the same hair James Brown had.” He later commented on her as a politician, saying, “She’s a sincere individual. Whatever she said, she believes, and that’s old-school. We’re giving Maxine a break here. I love you, Maxine.”
Watch O’Reilly’s comments in the clip above.