Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has continued denying accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, and said that he is "mad at God" for the growing scandal.
"I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn't happen. I can't explain it to you. Yeah, I'm mad at Him," the best-selling author added.
O'Reilly has continued denying harassment claims even as The New York Times revealed that he reached a $32 million settlement with former Fox legal analyst Lis Wiehl, who accused him of sexual misconduct.
NYT pointed out that despite the settlement, "21st Century Fox began contract negotiations with Mr. O'Reilly, and in February granted him a four-year extension that paid $25 million a year."
O'Reilly said in an interview with the NYT that the public outcry over the allegations against him are politically and financially motivated.
"We can prove it with shocking information, but I'm not going to sit here in a courtroom for a year and a half and let my kids get beaten up every single day of their lives by a tabloid press that would sit there, and you know it," he added.
The TV host further pushed back on Monday and said that if his adversaries "could literally kill me, they would."
"If I die tomorrow and I get an opportunity, I'll say, 'Why'd you guys work me over like that? Didn't [you] know my children were going to be punished? And they're innocent,'" he said. "But then I think about people who have it much, much rougher than me. And you know, I'm a big mouth. I'm a target. They're not targets."
Megyn Kelly, formerly of Fox News but now on NBC Today, said on Monday that she sent an email to several Fox News executives in November 2016 speaking out against O'Reilly's alleged behavior.
Kelly revealed that her email suggested that O'Reilly "didn't realize the kind of message his criticism sends to young women across the country about how men continue to view the issue of speaking out about sexual harassment."
"Perhaps he didn't realize that his exact attitude of shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on grounds that it will disgrace the company is in part how Fox News got into the decade-long [Roger] Ailes mess to begin with," she said.
O'Reilly was fired earlier this year from his role at Fox after another piece by NYT revealed that Fox News had settled at least five lawsuits against O'Reilly during his time at the company.
O'Reilly, on the other hand, said in an appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News program that the NYT is "out to hurt people with whom they disagree."
"They don't want me in the marketplace. That's what this is all about," he alleged.
Beside his TV career, O'Reilly is also famous for writing several historical investigative novels, including Killing Jesus, which he co-authored with historian Martin Dugard.
O'Reilly said in a 2013 interview with CBS News that as a Roman Catholic, his inspiration "comes from the Holy Spirit," adding that it "directed" him to write the book.