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Maxine Waters: 'There's Something Wrong Psychologically' With Bill O'Reilly

The former Fox News host made a racist and sexist remark about the congresswoman on air just last month.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) says she’s quite pleased Bill O’Reilly is out of Fox News.

Earlier this month, the congresswoman said that O’Reilly “needs to go to jail” after The New York Times published its bombshell story on some $13 million that the former Fox News host and the network had paid in settlements to address sexual harassment and behavioral complaints about him. Days before the Times released its story, O’Reilly came under fire for making a racist and sexist joke about the congresswoman on Fox News’ morning show.

“Unfortunately, he was a man who made tremendous sums of money, had a huge show, and really, there’s something wrong with him psychologically,” Waters told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday.

“I hope he seeks some help,” she added. “And I hope that the women who have come forward feel good about the justice they are receiving.”

The Times article prompted protests and an advertiser boycott, which led to Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, reviewing the allegations against O’Reilly and severing ties.

Cooper asked Waters if she still thought O’Reilly “needs to go to jail.”

“The day will come when rich men won’t be able to buy their way out of this criminal activity, and they will go to jail, and they should go to jail,” she said.

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