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May 15, 2008 3:04 AM   Subscribe

This recently-surfaced tape of Bill O'Reilly flipping out on the set of Inside Edition has inspired a dance remix, meltdown compilation, and parody by Steven Colbert (first three links NSFW).
posted by farishta (57 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
There are no dance remixes in the No Spin Zone!
posted by Tenuki at 3:29 AM on May 15, 2008 [3 favorites]


Well, he's right. 'Play us out' really doesn't make any sense.

It'd be good to see a mash up of this with Orson Welles' similar voice-over meltdown.
posted by Flashman at 3:50 AM on May 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


I guess I meant: It'd be good to see a mash up of this with Orson Welles' similar voice-over meltdown.
posted by Flashman at 4:00 AM on May 15, 2008


Snoop has a few choice words for O'Reilly...
posted by markkraft at 4:12 AM on May 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


You forgot the batshitinsane tag.
posted by theora55 at 4:21 AM on May 15, 2008


"Few Choice Words"? What does that even mean. Fuck You! Fuck you all!
I'll fucking do it live and ...

[5] ... [4] ... [ ] ... [ ] ... [ ]

That's a very amusing clip. I don't know if make me like O'Reilly more or less, but it's pretty funny. Stephen Colbert nails it too.
posted by seanyboy at 4:23 AM on May 15, 2008


For O'Reilly the most frustrating part must be that as he's storming away from the desk he knows a guy in the control room has already started making copies of the tantrum.
posted by sdodd at 4:44 AM on May 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


Well he got it right, didn't he?

And really, what's so bad about Angry Bill O'Reilly? At least it wasn't Sexy Bill O'Reilly.
posted by ryanrs at 4:46 AM on May 15, 2008


Why did it take so long for this to surface?
posted by Pollomacho at 4:50 AM on May 15, 2008


He could have used his hair as a loofah falafel!
posted by fourcheesemac at 4:52 AM on May 15, 2008


I betcha someone found this tape at a garage sale. Control room technicians are good at keeping tapes and even better at not sharing them with non tv peeps.
posted by dabitch at 4:52 AM on May 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


theora55: fixed that for you.
posted by farishta at 4:57 AM on May 15, 2008


I was surprised that Colbert ran so much of this clip, and used the secret word, "loofah," on the air. They've always seemed to get along in the past, but this might end it. I think O'Reilly might have a bit of an ego and a temper.
posted by ibmcginty at 5:05 AM on May 15, 2008


Is it bad that given O'Reilly's reputation, I was expecting something far more vitriolic and/or a personal attack on someone(s) on the crew? I'm thinking for batshitinsane Bill, this was pretty mild.
posted by Dreama at 5:20 AM on May 15, 2008


Maybe I'm a control freak, but if I'm having trouble with a line I don't suggest we stop practicing and "just do it live".
posted by DU at 5:35 AM on May 15, 2008


I am really in to the remix. FUCK IT FUCK IT GO GO!!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:59 AM on May 15, 2008


No mention of famous people flipping out is complete without the awesome Casey Kasem meltdown that was heavily sampled in Negativland's U2 single.
posted by Shepherd at 6:01 AM on May 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


And the remix is awesome!
posted by Shepherd at 6:05 AM on May 15, 2008


"Go fuck yourself, San Diego"
posted by chugg at 6:52 AM on May 15, 2008


I can't believe I'm saying this, but I almost feel a bit bad for him in that clip. He's got a line on the autocue that doesn't make sense to him, a few seconds to shoot the link, and no one else in the studio seems to be responding with any sense of urgency when he looks to them for help. He's fucked off because he's the one who's going to have to go out live and he's the one who's going to look like a dick if he doesn't nail the link - he's the only person there who can't afford to be blasé. Sure, he overreacts and is unprofessional, but I can't entirely blame him. It's not like he flips out over an egg and cress sandwich. Live TV must be immensely stressful.

Besides, the guy doesn't want respect from weenie terrorist-hugging liberals like me, anyway. He just wants attention. If everybody just learned to ignore his ruddy-faced blustering, eventually he'd shrink to the size of a matchstick then vanish with a pop.
posted by RokkitNite at 6:53 AM on May 15, 2008 [7 favorites]


The remix was great, but the editing on the 'meltdown compilation' link was annoying.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 7:01 AM on May 15, 2008


[this is FUCK!]
posted by Wolfdog at 7:03 AM on May 15, 2008


I closed my eyes and imagined Bob Odenkirk sitting at the desk instead of Bill. It was uncanny.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 7:20 AM on May 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


The dance remix is heaven...gets to the revolting core of the man while making you smile.
posted by Jody Tresidder at 7:35 AM on May 15, 2008


He's got a line on the autocue that doesn't make sense to him, a few seconds to shoot the link, and no one else in the studio seems to be responding with any sense of urgency when he looks to them for help.

It's not clear on this clip why there are only a few seconds to do the link. My sense is that it is Bill's timeline, not the production crew's since Bill is the only one worried about time.
posted by nightwood at 7:44 AM on May 15, 2008


Because Edward R. Murrow could never fade out to a Sting song without a teleprompter....
posted by Muddler at 7:48 AM on May 15, 2008


To his credit, he nailed the "live" version.
posted by LordSludge at 7:49 AM on May 15, 2008


Can't believe no one has linked to this interview of O'Reilly on NPR's Fresh Air, wherein he walks out in a huff (after 40 minutes). He is such a child.
posted by neuron at 7:52 AM on May 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


Angry O'Reilly isn't the best part of this video. The best part is when petulant O'Reilly says "... fuckin' machine. fuckin' thing sucks ..." I like to see an O'Reilly in touch with his inner yute.
posted by octobersurprise at 8:05 AM on May 15, 2008


I don't know what's not to understand. The prompter probably says something like " and now to play us out, here's Sting" He doesn't understand the part of the line "to play us out". True, he doesn't get much support from his producer in the way of an explanation, but in radio and tv terms, "to play us out" is not exact an uncommon phrase. In computer terms, it might be similar to telling someone who works in IT to type www.whatever in the address bar, and having that person say "What does address bar mean!? I DON"T UNDERSTAND WHAT ADDRESS BAR IS!!! "
posted by horsemuth at 8:10 AM on May 15, 2008


Hes a poet, hes a picker
Hes a prophet, hes a pusher
Hes a pilgrim and a preacher, and a problem when hes stoned
Hes a walkin contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction,
Takin every wrong direction on his lonely way back home.
posted by Sailormom at 8:19 AM on May 15, 2008


I love when he gets up from the chair and has a little hissy fit. That was just precious. Hope he got a sippy cut full of soothing warm milk afterwords.
posted by Talanvor at 8:20 AM on May 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


I didn't realize that Bill started out on Inside Edition. I remember that show because it had a very forceful, impressive starting graphic and intro sound effect thing. Swoooooop...SLAM! I was, I dunno, maybe 12 at the time, and I thought this, THIS, is how you do a news show. Look how factual it must be! You can't argue with a swoop/slam.

Then I actually watched a few minutes of an episode. Even at age 12, with no real exposure to the news, I could tell this was a load of over-hyped, alarmist crap. I doubt Bill's got any mellower over the years, especially with his own show.
posted by DU at 8:23 AM on May 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


To play this thread out here's a post from I-baLL.
posted by I-baLL at 8:36 AM on May 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


hee hee...stephen colbert is wearing a dickie...haw haw haw!

boy howdie, i love that man!

posted by CitizenD at 8:37 AM on May 15, 2008


I see stuff like this, and I really wonder what it is that has filled O'Reilly with such rage and anger for so much of his life. He has a personality that seems to go from neutral to red-lined in a gear-grinding blink of an eye.

Without bothering to research others theories as to the cause, I'm going to assume that it's because in his spare time, he removes the wings from wasps, and then stores the flightless insects in his rectum. Whenever he suddenly becomes enraged it's because one has started stinging him internally, and since he is on camera, there is nothing he can do but bear it. It's a strange addiction which he has, but let's be honest, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone, now should it?

Keep this in mind, and every time you watch him suddenly and unexpectedly explode in the future, it will make perfect sense.

That dance remix was quite good.
posted by quin at 8:38 AM on May 15, 2008 [8 favorites]


I wonder if MetaTalk might also be explained in large part by intimately cached wasps.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:42 AM on May 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Fuckin' thing SUCKS!" - and what's great is that he's not wrong, this is how I feel about Sting as well.

Hes a prophet, hes a pusher

Bill is no pusher. He never has pushed.
i never understood the point of a drug "pusher."
DRUGS SELL THEMSELVES!
posted by porn in the woods at 8:46 AM on May 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


I find it interesting that the rappers he's constantly condemning on his show, like Snoop, usually come off as rather harmless people in comparison. I don't know why this man is filled with such rage, but I hope he eventually finds some peace in his raging storm of a life. More importantly, I hope his wife and kids never have to bear the brunt of these tantrums.
posted by naju at 8:48 AM on May 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


I see stuff like this, and I really wonder what it is that has filled O'Reilly with such rage and anger for so much of his life. He has a personality that seems to go from neutral to red-lined in a gear-grinding blink of an eye.

Are you familiar with the terms "fighting Irish" or "get your Irish up?" I'm not sure but those terms may actually apply to wee Willy O'Reilly?

[NOTIRISHIST]
posted by Pollomacho at 9:05 AM on May 15, 2008


The producer talks back.
posted by Happy Dave at 9:09 AM on May 15, 2008 [11 favorites]


You don't know Bill O'Reilly until you've read this terrific piece in the New Yorker from a couple of years ago. The details of the plot in his novel (who gets killed off, and how) are especially remarkable.
posted by chinston at 9:57 AM on May 15, 2008 [3 favorites]


Hes a prophet, hes a pusher

Bill is no pusher. He never has pushed.


You talkin' to me?
posted by ludwig_van at 10:24 AM on May 15, 2008


Happy Dave, you made me spit on my keyboard.
posted by msali at 11:31 AM on May 15, 2008


Sure, he overreacts and is unprofessional, but I can't entirely blame him.

Cant we blame people for going completely fucking apeshit anymore? Look, I understand there was a slight misunderstanding with teleprompter and the text. Its understandable to say "Hey, hold on one second here, I dont understand this line. Please explain it." Its not understandable to act like a child and start screaming and swearing. I dont know why this concept is so hard for the O'Reilly defenders to understand.

We all go through life keeping our egos and tempers in check for the greater good. This guy doesnt. He shouldnt be rewarded for it.
posted by damn dirty ape at 12:48 PM on May 15, 2008 [3 favorites]


From Happy Dave's link:

"How are you going to write it, you can't even read it, you troglodyte homunculus"

You know that feeling of watching something at work that makes you laugh, only you can't laugh because you are at work? That binding up in your throat, that effort to keep the tears from coming as it just keeps getting funnier. So you have to get up and walk away from your desk?

Yeah. That sucks.
posted by quin at 12:55 PM on May 15, 2008


In an alternate universe, this abusive asshole would have on one of the rappers he likes to denounce who, in mid sentence, would pull out a huge, Dirty Harry-style handgun and blow his fucking head to pieces. THAT would make me smile. I remember when he had Glick on, I saw that episode after the fact, and it just made me want to crush him like a bug. He's a slimy, cowardly bully, nothing less.
posted by dbiedny at 1:08 PM on May 15, 2008


Just how is this different than his usual insane antics?
posted by MChristian at 2:08 PM on May 15, 2008


You know that feeling of watching something at work that makes you laugh, only you can't laugh because you are at work? That binding up in your throat, that effort to keep the tears from coming as it just keeps getting funnier. So you have to get up and walk away from your desk?


Exactly, I fucking cracked up. Had to go for a wee wander myself.
posted by Happy Dave at 2:12 PM on May 15, 2008


Metafilter: Fuckin' thing SUCKS!
posted by stenseng at 2:46 PM on May 15, 2008


The release of this tape is just a not-to-be-outdone maneuver by the O'Reilly publicists after Sue Simmons lost it. In the vein of Billy Mitchell sending out a VHS tape of his million-point Donkey Kong game right after Steve Wiebe broke his high score.
posted by jeremy b at 5:36 PM on May 15, 2008


THIS IS ALMOST AS GOOD AS BALLMER GOING APESHIT!!!
posted by loiseau at 6:43 PM on May 15, 2008


I hadn't seen that clip with Geraldo. I didn't think anything would make me root for Geraldo, but Billo did it.
posted by crickets at 6:54 PM on May 15, 2008


from Chinstons link:
"In 1998, after the launch of “The O’Reilly Factor,” but before superstardom, he published a thriller called “Those Who Trespass,” which is his most ambitious and deeply felt piece of writing. “Those Who Trespass” is a revenge fantasy, and it displays extraordinarily violent impulses. A tall, b.s.-intolerant television journalist named Shannon Michaels, the “product of two Celtic parents,” is pushed out by Global News Network after an incident during the Falkland Islands War, and then by a local station, and he systematically murders the people who ruined his career. He starts with Ron Costello, the veteran correspondent who stole his Falkland story.."

Ah, hahaha. Subtle, Bill, Subtle.
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 10:38 PM on May 15, 2008


Alan Jones
posted by pompomtom at 11:13 PM on May 15, 2008


As someone who extremely liberal and detests Bill O'Reilly with the fire of a thousand flaming suns, I'm more than a little ashamed to say that he was kind of hot when he was all pissed of and swearing. /shame
posted by Locative at 2:44 AM on May 16, 2008


Here's another remix with a bizarre video. Not as funny as the one listed in the OP, though.
posted by Locative at 5:42 PM on May 26, 2008


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