Bill chats about the reputation factor
Fifteen minutes have passed so it’s time for another Bill O’Reilly book. “Killing the Legends: The Lethal Danger of Celebrity” is his 12th in his killing series, which releases tomorrow.
In a recent phone call, he said, “Celebrities are killing celebrities.”
Me: What do you mean?
“People hid things once. No one exposed John F. Kennedy’s lifestyle or bad boy movie star Errol Flynn with the level of protection. Years ago the old timers were just drunks.
“It’s different now. Safety is gone. From Jesus to today, fame has never been so dangerous. Goals are on your back. Kim Kardashian in Paris? Drugs, alcohol, social media running wild, crazy personal things on the internet, people making things up. No one has been held to account. This is simple infamy.
“Fame is a terrible weight. Janis Joplin, John Lennon. Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson left young. I will write about three – Elvis, Marilyn, Muhammad Ali. These are not mega-George Clooney level. These changed American society. His celebrity overwhelmed him.
“Elvis, who was driving the truck, didn’t understand. What does he know? Introduced rock ‘n’ roll but his pastor said he was Satan. Unsophisticated, betrayed by people close to them they thought they could trust. He almost filed for bankruptcy. His father took the money but did not help him.
“I’d do five pages about Muhammad Ali, he wasn’t ready and then it wasn’t the same. His famous thrill in the Manila fight against Joe Frazier almost killed him. His own people forced him to fight for money. People stole him blind. He was broke.”
Oh really onto something
Of the celebrities, O’Reilly continued: “These stars were isolated. John Lennon, a heroin addict — and that broke the Beatles. They weren’t running to any deli for a sandwich. They stayed in their Dakota apartment.
So must men always be nobody and nothing?
“No. They need lawyers to watch families on board.
And your lifestyle?
“Prepared. I know its basic training. I measure everything I do. Not running to parties. Not looking to be photographed in weird clothes. Not at parties. Not with celebrity-corroded people. Stay focused. Raise my kids. No promoters. Stick with people you can trust.
Check out our highlights today. Donald Trump, Joe Biden. A compliment means you get the best table in a restaurant, yes. But the downside is that unkind things will be said about you. Everyone will try to hurt you.
Balancing new WFH duties
Meanwhile, Fox TV reruns one of my columns from last week — my exclusive in-home-just-the-two interview with former government employee Andrew Cuomo. They have given me a small slap on the face of the former Govt. Andrew obviously has no one left for dinner – but Cindy. What a shame.
is wrong We didn’t eat. Just 5 o’clock drinks and conversation. Since he was no longer in office and no longer in Albany, I served domestic wine.
Nice to have the United Nations here and all those foreign dignitaries triple-parking their rides. Especially Vladimir Putin’s neighborhood greats. And they can swim safely through shark-infested waters.
what This is called professional courtesy.
Only in New York, children, only in New York.