Former Fox news host Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes, former chairman of Fox News, were seen last night at a New York City hotel bar trying to pick up chicks but people who watched say the two men were unsuccessful.
“Bill O’Reilly was a little drunk, I think,” says Cindy Carlson, a legal secretary who says she saw the two men try to flirt with women for about an hour at the bar, called The Tap Room, located in the New York Park Hotel on 5th Avenue. “I think O’Reilly said something like, ‘What’s your sign?’ and the woman seated next to him looked away. I don’t think she knew who he was.”
O’Reilly, 67, was fired from his news show, The O’Reilly Factor, amid allegations that he sexually harassed several women at the network. Fox News paid $13 million to settle the claims and many of the show’s advertisers cancelled their contracts. Prior to his dismissal, O’Reilly was a long-time ratings leader, attracting millions of viewers each show.
According to people at the bar, Roger Ailes, widely credited with turning Fox News into a ratings juggernaut, also tried to flirt with a woman but he stopped after it appeared she wasn’t interested.
“I think he just went for the wrong woman,” says Pete Carnes, a marketing executive who recorded part of the conversation between Ailes and the woman on his phone. “Ailes is—how should I put this? He’s kind of fat, you know? And he was trying to get this woman half his age to let him buy her a drink. Anyone could tell she was not going to go for it. I don’t know why he even tried. He should have just went for some middle-aged woman who would have gladly had a drink with him, if only to say she had a drink with Roger Ailes.”
Ailes, 76, was let go from Fox in 2016 because of sexual harassment charges against him. After his dismissal, he signed on as an informal campaign advisor to Donald Trump, but the arrangement only lasted a few months.
Chelsea Carter, a receptionist at a business consulting firm, said the two men could have been more successful had they shown more confidence. “Women find confident men attractive,” she says. “Even if they’re kind of middle-aged, like these guys—actually, I would call Ailes kind of old—what women like are men who act like they rule the world. But these guys were totally down in the dumps. I hope they perk up. Not that I like them, but it was kind of sad to see.”
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