If you’re wondering what Montel Williams was doing scheduled to appear on Fox News with Bill O’Reilly, you’re not alone.
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Williams apparently had some questions of his own about the appearance, because he walked out of the show before his interview even began, sparking a nasty, name-calling spat with O’Reilly.
“He will never be on this program again,” O’Reilly announced on air as he told viewers that Williams had canceled his scheduled appearance on the show at the last minute. “He’s not a man of his word, he’s unprofessional. That is about as low as it gets.”
According to O’Reilly, Williams “walked out in a huff… and the producer tells me he was mad about some gay thing.”
Williams, who reportedly thought he was going on O’Reilly’s show to talk about a speech he had given earlier in the day about LGBT rights, was understandably upset about O’Reilly’s use of the word “gay.” He took to Twitter later, posting a video to set the record straight, saying that he showed up to the studio only to learn he wouldn’t be talking about his speech.
“Suddenly [Fox News host] Eric Bolling is involved and it’s all about Obama being racist,” Williams said. “I walked before air, they chased me halfway around the building. My detail had to stop them. I’m solely focused on my [LGBT] speech. When that was eliminated, why stay?”
He also called out O’Reilly for calling him a coward on air.
“The word ‘coward’ is usually used on people who have done most of the things that you’ve done, like embellishing lies about your credentials as a journalist, like the fact that your own daughter in a testimony in a court case… said that you dragged your ex-wife down a flight of stairs,” he said. “You wanna talk about coward, homeboy… that’s what a coward truly is, somebody who’s going to call somebody a name on air and not even to their face. I’m calling you one now, so the whole world can see it. We know who the coward is.”