By M. Swift
With a huge firing from Fox News on Wednesday, Thursday saw Perquita Burgess, the woman harassed by the recently released Bill O’Reilly, appear on The View. Burgess discussed O’Reilly’s firing and what she subjected to by the network’s former star commentator.
The most known account was the one that made the news—when she was called “hot chocolate.” Buress said, “One day, he walked past my desk…and says, ‘Hey, hot chocolate.’ But he didn’t look at me when he said it, and I didn’t respond. I was mortified.”
She added, “Because not only was it sexual, I took that as a very plantational remark. I’ve been around enough racism…Such a blatant person with such a high profile making me feel uncomfortable but then not even acknowledging me.”
Bill O’Reilly harassed Perquita Burgess for over a week while she was temping at the network. She also went into the commentator grunting at her and said she thought he was having a muscle spasm.
“But as time went on, I noticed every time he walked past my desk, if no one was around, he would make that noise,” Burgess recounted. “He wasn’t speaking to me, it wasn’t like he was saying hi…It was embarrassing. So I got to the point where I just did not look at him.”
Burgess isn’t the first guest to come on The View to discuss O’Reilly’s treatment of women as former Fox News host Megyn Kelly appeared to discuss the culture of the network among other things. In 2017, Kelly the network for multiple on-air roles with NBC. Tucker Carlson is expected to take the coveted spot O’Reilly has held for over 20 years.
M. Swift writes on Black history for Your Black World and Black Then. He also writes on wrestling, comics, gaming, and Black sci-fi and fantasy.