Did Bill O'Reilly actually put his money where his mouth is? According to Ludacris, the controversial conservative talk show host — who has a history of contention with the hip hop community — made a donation to his Ludacris Foundation after running into him at an event at the White House.
Speaking with Shade 45’s Sway Calloway (via HipHopDX), the DTP honcho recalled bumping into him at the gala, catching him off-guard and getting into a heated argument.
“Long story short, there’s nothing he could do. I think he talks about certain people but he never thinks he’s going to meet these people in person — let alone the type of events and the circles that he’s in, that these rappers are sometimes going to be in those same circles,” he said.
Perhaps realizing he wasn't going to win this one, O'Reilly changed tracks to avoid awkwardness. “He started talking to me about he heard about a lot of the charity work I’ve done with the Ludacris Foundation. This is how he eased into it. He was like, ‘Yeah man, I hear you’ve done good work and I think that maybe I should make a donation to your foundation.’ This is how he got me to calm down. I’m like, ‘You want to make a donation?’ I was like, ‘Well what do I need to do to make that happen immediately, like ASAP?’”
Luda confirms the donation came through, but wouldn't disclose the amount. “I can’t let everybody know how much the donation was, but at the end of the day, after all of this craziness, Bill O’Reilly ended up writing a check to me to my foundation after approaching him in person.”