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Jennifer Aniston Fires Back at Bill O'Reilly

Actress Jennifer Aniston poses during a press conference for the movie "The Bounty Hunter" in Berlin, Germany, on March 29, 2010. AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

NEW YORK (CBS) Jennifer Aniston is firing back at Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly, after he responded to comments she made about single mothers by calling the actress comments "destructive to our society."

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"Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth," Aniston told People magazine. "And, of course, many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who've not yet found their Bill O'Reilly, I'm just glad science has provided a few other options."

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While promoting her new film "The Switch," in which she plays a women who decides to get pregnant using a sperm donor, Aniston told reporters that "times have changed" and women no longer have to wait for a man to have a baby.

"Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child," she said. "Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere."

On "The O'Reilly Factor" last week, the host accused the actress of "diminishing the role of the dad" and called her comments "destructive to our society."

"She's throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that hey, you don't need a guy, you don't need a dad," O'Reilly said.

"Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she cannot hire a dad," he continued. "And dads bring a psychology to children that is, in this society, under-emphasized. I think that men get hosed all day long in the parental arena...any man who leaves their children is not a man. Let's make that perfectly clear. But the fathers who do try hard are under-appreciated and diminished by people like Jennifer Aniston."