What followed was one of the more bizarre discussions of stripping ever to occur on the Factor, with guests Hoover and Carlson overwhelmingly receptive to the cause of stripper compensation since "it's BP money. It's not taxpayer money." Even more bizarre was O'Reilly's heated defense of strippers against their mobster bosses. Transcript highlights, with video, below:
O'REILLY: I wouldn't give the owners of the club jack.
O'REILLY: I mean, it's the employees.
CARLSON: That's who's filing the claim.
O'REILLY: It's the bartenders. It's the janitors and everybody else, if they have to lay off some people or something like that. That's who should get the money.
CARLSON: If they're...
O'REILLY: The mob guys who own the place, the Mafia guys who own it -
- come on!
O'REILLY: And I'm not implying that this particular club is owned by the mob. I'm not doing that. I'm saying the industry itself is rife with that, and they're not getting anything.
Bonus quote: O'Reilly nearly slips up.
O'REILLY: Ecosystem aside, Hoover -- I love those -- you give them money or not?