Bill O'Reilly is a generally conservative commentator and host of the show The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, which he calls the "No Spin Zone." O'Reilly calls himself a "traditionalist" and an "independent."
O'Reilly's career was growing throughout the 1980s, but he received his "big break" when hired to anchor Inside Edition, a tabloid gossip and news program.
The O'Reilly Factor is the highest-rated hour on any cable news channel. Over 2.5 million people watch the show each night and millions more listen to his radio show.
Politically, O'Reilly claimed to be an independent, but it was later revealed that he was actually a registered Republican in Nassau County from 1994 to 2000. O'Reilly re-registered as an independent soon after.
O'Reilly has condemned white racist prejudice against U.S. blacks.
He is deeply disliked by many on the far left.