NEW YORK -- Bill O'Reilly has apologized for saying thewas related to sexual harassment allegations against the father.
O'Reilly said in a New York Times podcast Monday: "Eric Bolling's son is dead. He's dead because of allegations made — in my opinion and I know this to be true — against Mr. Bolling."
Nineteen-year-old Eric Chase Bolling died Sept. 8 in Colorado.
Fox News announced earlier that day it had, who was suspended in August following allegations he sent lewd photos to female co-workers.
Bolling told The Times later Monday that O'Reilly's comment was "beyond inappropriate."
Bolling says his son's death "was in no way connected" to his parting from Fox News.
O'Reilly tweeted a message Monday saying, "Apologies to Eric Bolling and prayers for him and his family. The message I tried to send was that allegations harm kids. Nothing more."
Bolling accepted O'Reilly's apology on Twitter Monday night.
in April amid sexual misconduct allegations.
His comments about Bolling came up in an interview with two New York Times reporters about a previously unreported allegation against O'Reilly by former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl.
The Times reported Saturday thatto settle her claims of harassment and "a nonconsensual sexual relationship," and that Fox knew of the settlement, though not the amount, when it extended O'Reilly's contract last February.
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