CNN anchor Jake Tapper fired back at former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly for attacking his ratings, saying O’Reilly was “humiliated in front of the world” when he was forced out at the news network earlier this year.
O'Reilly had tweeted out congratulations over the viewership for "Hannity," which he appeared on late last month.
Sean Hannity kicking serious butt in the ratings. Tapper on CNN as low as you can go.— Bill O'Reilly (@billoreilly) October 18, 2017
Tapper quickly shot back, invoking O’Reilly’s ousting from the network after a series of sexual harassment allegations were made against the former top-rated prime-time host on cable news.
"Low" would be sexually harassing staffers and then getting fired for it -- humiliated in front of the world. Now THAT would be low. https://t.co/e2d6kOHL7F— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 18, 2017
O’Reilly left Fox News in April after The New York Times revealed that five women were paid $13 million to settle sexual harassment lawsuits against him.
Hannity recently moved his show to 9 p.m. on the Fox News channel, part of a schedule shuffle brought about by O'Reilly's exit.
Tapper hosts CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” at 4 p.m. on weekdays and “State of the Union” on Sunday mornings.
Tapper had about 835,000 viewers for his show on Tuesday afternoon, while Hannity had more than 3.1 million people watching in prime time, according to AdWeek.