Well, it started a bit adversarial. Terry asked Bill about some stuff in Franken’s book, Bill was very defensive. He was quite the sound-byter. Terry challenged very little of what he said.
It got pretty chatty in the middle; Terry asked about Bill’s background. He went to a Catholic school. He had a brawl with Dad about who’s boss. Terry was being very deferring, Bill was eating it up and liked telling what a great guy he was.
Around 31:32 it got ugly. Terry asked him about his political affiliations, no accusations, and he launches into a big, prepared speech defending some allegation in Franken’s book that Terry really didn’t address specifically. Terry does not challenge him on this, changes the subject.
Terry asks about book reviews of his previous book. She starts to bring up a review from People magazine. Bill interrupts, gets immediately defensive: “they’re reviewing Me not The Book.” etc etc.
Terry defers, changes the subject again: do you think it’s okay to mock a book reviewer on your show, don’t you think that may cross a line? Bill sez, “depends on the review!” She starts to bring up a quote from People magazine, but Bill doesn’t allow her to read it.
Suddenly O’Reilly melts down. He goes off on Terry for about 3 minutes. “Do you think I don’t know what’s going on here? This interview is obviously a hachet job on me. I have been defending myself for 50 minutes against wild allegations. Were you this tough on Al Franken? Huh? Huh? Huh? Were you?!?”
Terry is obviously at a loss. “Um, no, I probably wasn’t, but Franken wrote a satirical book and…” and we never hear the rest. More of O’Reilly fuming & ranting, then, finally “Terry, this interview is Over.” Terry asks to a dead mike if he’s going to let her ask her question about the People quote, she gets no response, and concludes “This has been Fresh Air, I’m Terry Gross and this has been an interview with Bill O’Reilly.”
The final part of the audio airs the People magazine quote, which is all of 12 words, relating that O’Reilly called the book reviewer a “pinhead” on his show the day after the book review was published.