Bill O’Reilly Goes Hollywood

By Alex Weprin 

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Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly caused a minor stir yesterday, making a surprise visit to the Hollywood set of the TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles,” someone who was there tells TVNewser.

“People were pretty polite, to his face,” our tipster says.

O’Reilly has long been a vocal critic of Hollywood, taking on programs like “Glee,” as well as actors and activists like Sean Penn with some regularity.

Also worth noting: TNT is a sister network to CNN, with both falling under the Time Warner umbrella. “Rizzoli & Isles” is produced by Warner Horizon Television, which is also a part of Time Warner.

And as a bonus: “Glee” is shot on the same lot, just a few soundstages away from “Rizzoli & Isles.” One can imagine a confrontation on the “Old New York” set between O’Reilly and “Glee’s” evil cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.

So why would the Fox News host, who has positioned himself as a “culture warrior,” drop in on a Hollywood TV show that airs on a network owned by the competition?

O’Reilly is said to be friendly with Angie Harmon, one of the stars of “Rizzoli & Isles'” and also one of Hollywood’s outspoken conservatives.