In a unanimous ruling by the four appellate judges of Nassau County Supreme Court, Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News’s popular “The O’Reilly Factor”, was found to be an unsuitable parent to his two children, a 12-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl and granted his ex-wife full residential custody.
The ruling came on Feb. 24 after a long series of court battles between the ‘family values’ celebrity and his former wife. O’Reilly and his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy divorced in 2011 and agreed to share custody of the two children. O’Reilly later sought to have his 15-year relationship with McPhilmy annulled. She went on to press for full custody.
By the children’s own statements, they do not want to live with their father.
In 2015 the daughter told a court-appointed psychologist that when O’Reilly didn’t know she was watching, she had seen her father choke her mother and drag her down the stairs with his hands around her neck. Documents detailing the abuse were leaked and published on Gawker.
According to court transcripts obtained by Gawker, she also viewed O’Reilly as a temperamental, absentee parent who was uninterested in developing a relationship with her.
O’Reilly’s daughter is also said to have frequently denied her father visits on his designated days.
“There is a sound and substantial basis for the Supreme Court’s determination that it is in the best interests of the children for the mother to be awarded primary residential custody,” said the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court.
“Particularly relevant in this case are the clearly stated preferences of the children, especially considering their age and maturity, and the quality of the home environment provided by the mother.”
According to Gawker:
The same appeals court ruled in McPhilmy’s favor over two years ago, in January 2013, after she discovered that the purportedly neutral therapist she and O’Reilly had hired to arbitrate custodial disagreements had been hired by O’Reilly to “perform virtually all of his parental duties.” In that opinion, the court remitted, or sent back, McPhilmy’s request for sole custody to the Supreme Court of Nassau County, where she later won it.
By the court’s order, McPhilmy will have primary residential custody, while O’Reilly maintains shared legal custody with an equal say in material matters related to the children. He will maintain alternating dates on alternating weekends for visits. O’Reilly had sought to become the sole decision-maker for his kids, but the court upheld an earlier ruling that this must be shared.
“The record supports the court’s finding that if either parent were awarded sole decision-making authority, there would be a danger that it would be used to exclude the other parent from meaningful participation in the children’s lives,” the court said.
O’Reilly has a long record of bashing the family values of African-American families because of absentee fathers and inadequate parenting, like the following statements from 2014 where he blames crime on ‘derelict parents’:
The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family.
Right now, about 73% of all black babies are born out of wedlock. That drives poverty. And, the lack of involved fathers leads to young boys growing up resentful and unsupervised.
When was the last time you saw a public service ad telling young black girls to avoid becoming pregnant? Has Pres. Obama done such an ad? How about Jackson or Sharpton? Has the Congressional Black Caucus demanded an ad like that? How about the PC pundits who work for NBC News?
White people don’t force black people to have babies out of wedlock. That’s a personal decision. A decision that has devastated millions of children and led to disaster, both socially and economically. So, raised without much structure, young black men often reject education, gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs. Nobody forces them to do that. Again, it is a personal decision.
From the court documents made available, O’Reilly’s daughter indicates that her own father is similarly uninvolved.