Bill O’Reilly Says He’s Too Distracted By Black Congresswoman’s ‘James Brown Wig’ To Listen To Her

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday he was having a hard time concentrating on California Rep. Maxine Waters during a speech because he was distracted by her “James Brown wig.”

O’Reilly made the remarks during a Fox & Friends segment that played a clip of the senior African American congresswoman speaking in the House of Representatives, a speech in which she defended those who were critical of President Trump, saying that criticism arose from a love of country.

“We have suffered discrimination. We have suffered isolation and undermining,” Waters said. “But we stand up for America, often times when others who think they are more patriotic, who say they are more patriotic, do not.”

“When we fight against this president and we point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country, we’re fighting for the democracy. We’re fighting for America,” Waters continued. “We’re saying to those who say they’re patriotic, but they turned a blind eye to the destruction he’s about to cause this country: ‘You’re not nearly as patriotic as we are.’ ”

After playing the clip, O’Reilly remarked, “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. Do we have a picture of James Brown? It’s the same wig.”

Ainsley Earhardt scolded O’Reilly for his attack on Water’s looks. “I have to defend her on that,” she said. “You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.”

“I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive. I love James Brown but it’s the same hair James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, had,” said O’Reilly.

Hours later, O’Reilly offered this apology: “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. 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.”

You can watch Waters’ speech below: