August 12th, 2010
12:54 PM ET
Jennifer Aniston apparently ruffled the feathers of Fox News' Bill O’Reilly when she remarked that women don’t need men to have kids while promoting her new movie, “The Switch.”
“Women are realizing it more and more, knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child,” the 41-year-old actress said of the decision her character makes in the movie to opt for single motherhood.
O’Reilly, however, begs to differ. He brought up the statement on his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” saying that Aniston is “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.’ "
It’s the kind of perspective that, according to O’Reilly, is “destructive to our society.”
And while Aniston can probably “hire a battery of people to help her,” O’Reilly went on, she can’t “hire a Dad.”
Fathers, he added, “bring a psychology to children that in this society is underemphasized.” People like Aniston, O’Reilly said, “undermine and diminish” the fathers who are trying hard to raise their kids.
Never one to back down from a good debate, O’Reilly noted that Aniston is welcome to respond to his statements.
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