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Maureen McPhilmy and Bill O'Reilly Marriage Profile


Bill O'Reilly, host of FOX's 'The O'Reilly Factor' at FOX Studios on December 15, 2011 in New York City.
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Here is information about the rocky marriage of Bill O'Reilly and Maureen McPhilmy that ended in divorce in 2011. There is nearly 17 years difference in their ages.
Fast Marriage Facts - Bill and Maureen
Met: 1992
Married: November 2, 1996
Separated: April 2, 2010
Divorced: September 1, 2011
First Marriage: Yes

Did You Know?
They were married on All Souls Day.

News Updates:

3/18/2013: Latest status report on the O'Reilly/McPhilmy divorce is the two are still battling over custody issues of their two children. After their separation in April 2010, they moved to separate homes close to one another on Long Island -- less than 1/2 mile apart. After O'Reilly denounced allegations made by Gawker two years ago, Gawker brought the old news to the front page again with an additional allegation that Bill O'Reilly involved the Catholic Church in his dispute with his ex-wife. O'Reilly is also reportedly seeking an annulment. Maureen has since married the Nassau County detective mentioned in the previous news reports.
IBTimes Staff Reporter: "Interestingly enough, annulling his marriage would also allow McPhilmy to once again receive communion from her Catholic parish, as her remarriage would officially be considered a first marriage in the eyes of the church."
Source: IBTimes Staff Reporter. "Bill O'Reilly's Divorce Gets Ugly; Catholic Church Reportedly Involved." IBTimes.com. 3/18/2013.


Bill O'Reilly aka William James O'Reilly Jr: September 10, 1949 in Manhattan, New York. More Bill O'Reilly information.

Maureen E. McPhilmy: May 11, 1966.

How Bill and Maureen Met:

Maureen and Bill met in 1992 in New York.
Maureen: "We spent the whole night verbally sparring," says Maureen, who nevertheless agreed to a date."
Source: Samantha Miller. "Tough Talker." People.com. 12/18/2000.

Wedding Date:

Bill and Maureen were married on November 2, 1996 at St. Brigid's in Westbury on Long Island, New York. November 2nd is All Souls Day in the Catholic church.

Their wedding ceremony was officiated by Father Tom Jordan, a missionary Carmelite priest who was working in Mexico City at the time. They had 100 guests at the wedding and held the wedding reception at a North Shore club on Long Island.


Bill and Maureen have two children.
  • Madeline O'Reilly: Born abt. 1998.
  • Spencer O'Reilly: Born in 2003.


Since May 2010, Bill and Maureen apparently live in separate residences.

Bill resides in a Long Island, New York waterfront Manhasset mansion.

Maureen appears to have a 5,282 square foot home that is also in Manhasset, New York.


Occupations Bill: Political commentator, television host, reporter, news anchor, writer, actor, producer, high school teacher.

Maureen: Public relations executive.

Quotes About the Marriage of Bill O'Reilly and Maureen McPhilmy:

Paul Bentley: "While Mr O'Reilly's voter registration remains at the family home, hers has been transferred to her new house. The news anchor, who has been photographed recently without his wedding ring, has also replaced Mrs O'Reilly on his foundation's tax return ... A second source, a former Fox News staffer, said that last summer Mr O'Reilly's nephew Brandon Ricci, who worked on The O'Reilly Factor, told colleagues his aunt had been having an affair with a 'local sheriff'."
Source: Paul Bentley. "Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly 'had his wife's boyfriend investigated by police contacts.'" DailyMail.co.uk. 8/31/2011.

Erik Wemple: "The Gawker piece reflects tons of digging and patience. Reporter John Cook uses public records, photography, and other means to establish rockiness in the O’Reilly-McPhilmy union; he bangs away at FOIA but gets rejected, which is absolutely no surprise; and he gets deep enough inside Fox’s business to throw off the channel’s programming."
Source: Erik Wemple. "Gawker piece on O'Reilly leaves some unfinished biz." WashingtonPost.com. 8/30/2011.

John Cook: "Last summer, Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly came to believe that his wife was romantically involved with another man ... He pulled strings to get the police department's internal affairs unit to investigate one of their own for messing with the wrong man's lady ... Fox News declined repeated and detailed invitations to comment on this story ... in February of this year—O'Reilly has stopped wearing his wedding ring."
Source: John Cook. "How Bill O'Reilly Tried to Get His Wife's Boyfriend Investigated By the Cops." Gawker.com. 8/30/2011.

Bill: "The best thing about marriage is the opportunity to make another person's life richer on a daily basis. And I also know that it's not easy. I agree with Robert Louis Stevenson: 'a certain sort of talent is indispensable for people who would spend years together and not bore themselves to death.' That's why you have to marry someone who complements you, not dominates you. Someone who complements you, not depends too heavily on you, dragging you down. The best partners are the ones who can life life on their own. Does that sound like a contradiction? It isn't."
Source: Marvin Kitman. The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O'Reilly. 2008. pg. 157.

Howard Kurtz: "Bill O'Reilly settled a sexual harassment lawsuit by his former producer last night, ending what he called a "brutal ordeal" without an apology ... O'Reilly and his attorney, Ronald Green, never denied that the Fox commentator had used such language, but said he never broke the law and questioned whether Mackris was truly offended or was taking words and phrases out of context."
Source: Howard Kurtz. "Bill O'Reilly, Producer Settle Harassment Suit." WashingtonPost.com. 10/29/2004.

Bill: "In my adulthood I have seen a lot of marriages break up, and I'm always amazed that the aggrieved party didn't see it coming ... here's some free advice ... Watch how your new friend or lover treats people other than you, Watch how she treats her parents. If he's divorced, find out why ... Adults rarely change unless desperately motivated to do so ... Walk briskly away from destructive people and find generous people to hang out with."
Source: Bill O'Reilly. Who's Looking Out For You? 2003. pgs. 22-23.

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