In the interview, Lauer took a tough line of questioning with O'Reilly, repeatedly asking about the sexual harassment accusations against him. At one point, he asked O'Reilly point blank, "Did you ever send a lewd text or email to another employee at Fox News?" Moments later, he followed up by asking O'Reilly about Fox making financial settlements with women accusing the host of sexual harassment.
The interview continued in a tense vein; when Lauer asked O’Reilly if he had done any “soul searching,” the former Fox News icon replied, “My conscience is clear.” O’Reilly insisted that the decision to let him go from the network was purely a business move and blamed left-wing groups like Media Matters for his downfall. He went on to say, “This was a hit job, a political and financial hit job.”