Jennifer Aniston, Bill O'Reilly
Looks like Jennifer Aniston's getting the last laugh in her baby-making barb battle with Bill O'Reilly.
The actress has fired back at the Fox News pundit after he slammed her for saying women don't need men to have kids.
"Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth," Aniston told People in a statement Thursday. "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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Aniston — who plays a woman who uses a sperm donor to get pregnant in the upcoming comedy The Switch — said last weekend at a news conference for the film that more women are realizing they don't have to settle down with a man to start a family. "Times have changed and that is also what is amazing is that we do have so many options these days, as opposed to our parents' days when you can't have children because you have waited too long," she said.
O'Reilly, who has two children with his wife, Maureen, called Aniston's remarks "destructive to our society" and accused her of "diminishing the role of the dad" on Tuesday's edition of his Fox News show, The O'Reilly Factor.
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"She's 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,'" he said. "Jennifer Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she can't hire a dad. Dads bring a psychology to children that, in this society, is underemphasized. Men get hosed all day long in the parental arena. The fathers that do try hard are underappreciated and diminished by people like Jennifer Aniston."
Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson added: "She is glamorizing single parenthood."
Aniston, 41, who has said she still wants to have kids, said last weekend that all types of families can raise healthy children.
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"The point of the movie is, 'What is it that defines family?' It isn't necessarily the traditional mother, father, two children and a dog named Spot," she said. "Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere. That is what I love about this movie."
A call to O'Reilly's rep was not immediately returned.
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