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O'Reilly OK with Talking to Rita Cosby

9/4/2007 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that FOX News' righty flamethrower, Bill O'Reilly, is still planning to interview Rita Cosby about her controversial Anna Nicole book, legal threat or no threat -- even though the "Today" show pulled the plug on their interview this morning, after getting a searing letter threatening legal action from Howard K. Stern's lawyer, Lin Wood.
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We're told that Cosby has confirmed her appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor" this evening and is scheduled to appear on several other news and talk shows this week. Early this morning, "Today" backed out of its sit-down with Cosby after Wood threatened to sue the program for any false information that she might pour forth during her talk with Matt Lauer.

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observer    

Go Bill. Don't be threatened.

2603 days ago
17.

Give us more to laugh about    

TWO BOTTOM FEEDERS ON ONE SHOW.....should be enough to make me lose my dinner. Think I'll pass on this garbage. Sinking way toooooooooooo low both FOX AND RITA CROSBY. Check out her "SOURCES" for her book.

TOTALLY LAUGHABLE. WHAT A CROCK.

2603 days ago
18.

Cat    

Finally someone w/ balls to stand up to the LOSERS HK$ & LB!!!!!!!!!

2603 days ago
19.

Jill    

Please know how gutless the mainstream media was with Wood in the Ramsey case. Geraldo, when he was at CNBC, caved on the Ramsey case, according to Norm Early, former Denver DA, as soon as Lin Wood was hired as a "consultant" to NBC News.

Here's the pro-Ramsey journalists hall of shame, in order of egregiousness:

1) Katie Couric

2) Erin Moriarty, CBS News

3) Dan Abrams, MSNBC

4) Baba WaWa ABC News

5) Larry King, CNN

2603 days ago
20.

Liz    

Larry tries to act like a big hot shot now but remember he was a nobody before he became a sperm donor. He can't shut people up from telling the truth.

2603 days ago
21.

Liz    

Hats off to Rita for nailing this jerk.

2603 days ago
22.

Give us more to laugh about    

YES... FOX RELISHES IN THE "INSANE" AND LIVES FOR SPREADING FALSE LIES AND GOSSIP. There wouldn't be ratings without it. What's sad is the American People by into this crap.

2603 days ago
23.

Jo Jo    

the truth will come out now....I'll be watching tonight

2603 days ago
24.

Madeline    

This is good news glad to hear that Rita will be on O'Rielly's show. I support Mr. O'Reilly's stand. I support Rita Cosby and her book. IMO

2603 days ago
25.

Tangie    

I love Bill and Rita. I will watch fo sho.

2603 days ago
26.

in the know    

ANYONE WHO WATCHS BILL O'REILLY AND BELIEVES WHAT HE SAYS IF IGNORANT. HE GETS PAID TO CAUSE CONTROVERSY. HE DOESN'T BELIEVE HALF THE THINGS HE SAYS HIMSELF. HE HAS THE SAME CLAUSE IMUS HAD IN HIS CONTRACT. TO BE CONTROVERSAL. THEY BANK ON UNEDUCATED PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO WATCH HIS SHOW TO HANG ON TO HIS EVERY WORD AS GOSPEL. HE PROBABLY LAUGHS AT HIS VIEWERS WHEN HE IS OFF THE AIR. If you read some current political books and kept on top of various political talk shows you would realize he is not a journalist but an actor. Similiar to you so call reality shows that are not real.

2603 days ago
27.

Barb    

Odd that big mouth Jackie Hatten made the circuit of TV networks blasting Stern but never once mentioned Stern and Birkhead as being gay or having anything to hide, together. She's a buddy of Virgie Arthur. Cosby walking into the funeral reception uninvited and was kicked out by Stern. She's also a former employee of Fox and MSNBC.
Should she tell any BS that she can't prove, I hope Lin Wood and Birkhead's lawyer sue for every penny she makes off the book...if there doesn't come an injunction to release it.
Cosby needs money. Birkhead and Stern aren't out trashing anyone unless they get hit, first.
Why would O'Reilly want to promote Cosby's "side"? She has no clue. She was never part of that inner circle. Hatten wasn't allowed at the funeral. O'Reilly's messing with fire and Fox has an axe to grind with Cosby for going to MSNBC.
All about money, notoriety and ratings....nothing more. There'd be no story if ANS were alive. These people are taking advantage of a dead woman. Very credible, sure.

2603 days ago
28.

Liz    

I will be watching tonight. I love Bill & Rita.

2603 days ago
29.

I am just remember    

Anyone afraid to watch this on Fox is a Weinie weinie weinie. Go Bill. Not afraid of judges, not afraid of professors, not afraid of politicians. I'm getting my popcorn ready as we speak. Can't wait.

2603 days ago
30.

spraylady3600    

Let the story begin! Do you think Rita Cosby is that stupid to publish a book that she can't back up with facts? Why blame O'Reilly for Hollywood rotting from the inside out!

2603 days ago
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