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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX WEDNESDAY MAY 08, 2002 22:53:12 ET XXXXX

TALKOLA TANTRUM; WESTWOOD ONE THREATENS TO PULL $300,000 AFTER LEAK; FOX NEWS HOST O'REILLY ADVISES: 'CRACK-ADDICT' DRUDGE 'SHOULD BE KILLED'

**Update**

Cable host and now talkradio broadcaster Bill O'Reilly was pushed over the edge this week after the DRUDGE REPORT revealed exclusively that $300,000 was promised to O'Reilly's New York City flagship station WOR-AM to carry the program.

Although VIACOMCBSINFINTYWESTWOODONE radio head Joel Hollander publicly denied to reporters that compensation was being paid to affiliates for carrying O'Reilly -- behind the scenes on Tuesday, Hollander threatened to pull the payout guarantee to WOR, blaming the station for the DRUDGE REPORT leak!

Meanwhile, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, Los Angeles' KABC-AM is receiving $250,000 in outdoor advertising from VIACOM in exchange for clearing The Bill O'Reilly Radio Program.

A similar comp deal has also been promised to O'Reilly's San Francisco affiliate.

Difficulty clearing O'Reilly in the Washington, DC market raised the payout price to $200,000, according to insiders -- a payout that was rejected by all major stations in the region, including ABC's WMAL-AM.

Just as O'Reilly showed signs of increasingly reckless behavior.

"There is no other cure than to kill Matt Drudge," O'Reilly charged on the IMUS in the MORNING radio show on Wednesday.

"I just want to tell everybody that Matt Drudge is smoking crack - right now, in South Miami Beach on Washington Avenue... And the authorities should know it."

This reporter is currently in London, England, not South Beach, and I have never smoked crack.

More O'Reilly lies.

[But for a couple hundred thou, heck, I'd even carry O'Reilly Radio.]

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