Image Credit: David Gabber/Photorazzi/PR PhotosThere may not be an official scorekeeper in the public war of words between Bill O’Reilly and Jennifer Aniston, but the Friends star appears to be getting the last laugh, thanks to a saucy retort she gave to People.com last night. For those of you blissfully unaware of the O’Reilly-Aniston smackdown, it played out a little something like this: While promoting her upcoming film, The Switch, about a single woman who conceives a child through artificial insemination, Aniston commented that “Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child.” On Tuesday, the Fox News host went on the offensive (watch video here), accusing Aniston of “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. Daaaaad? Aggghhhh, you know! [Makes dismissive wave of the hand.] That’s destructive to our society!” O’Reilly then went on to speak of a hypothetical child that Aniston does not have: “Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she cannot hire a dad, okay?”
Aniston, for her part, responded to the no-spin-zone O’Reilly Factor attack by issuing an exclusive (and pretty damn funny) statement to People.com: “Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth. 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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