Bill O'Reilly's perspective on the sanctity of marriage is unclear, as the television personality has not made his opinion explicit in the media. However, he and his wife of 16 years, Maureen McPhilmy, separated in 2011 and divorced a year later.
Prior to the divorce, there was speculation that Maureen McPhilmy began dating a Nassau County Police detective by the name of Richard Harasym, a 23-year veteran who had been a detective in the internal affairs unit for 12 years. Upon learning of the romantic involvement, Gawker.com reported that the Fox News anchor tried to pull strings in order to have the officer investigated for reasons unrelated to the line of duty. In response, Nassau County Police Department police commissioner Lawrence Mulvey was alleged to have Harasym's commanding officer, Inspector Neil Delargy, assign Harasym to a case that involved the investigation of another officer based on who he was dating. Delargy ordered Harasym to meet with private detectives working for O'Reilly, who had been given information about an officer believed to be dating O'Reilly's then-wife.
The actions taken by Fox News host Bill O'Reilly could have been construed as attempts to save his marriage, as it appears that his wife had begun to date another man before the end of their marriage. Nevertheless, McPhilmy purchased a separate home in 2011, and the divorce followed shortly.