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Lena Dunham, Jessica Chastain Call Out Bill O’Reilly at Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon (Watch)

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The women of Hollywood issued another pink slip to former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon on Friday.

Before her introduction of Oscar nominee and Planned Parenthood advocate Jessica Chastain, Lena Dunham turned championed former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who was in attendance, for being the first woman to stand up to sexual harassment at the network.

“I’m in the very privileged position to be able to say whatever the f–k I want most of the time,” Dunham told the N.Y. audience. “But when you work in a corporate infrastructure the challenge of coming out about sexual harassment is so massive. And to see a woman who surmounted that and bravely made space for other women to do the same is deeply inspired.”

She added: “We also should’ve known a few years ago about Bill O’Reilly when he confused a loofah with a falafel. So this isn’t fresh info.”

Chastain, among the five women honored at the Power of Women event, also ripped the “O’Reilly Factor” host but refused to say his name.

“Most recently women said ‘No’ to a certain Fox News anchor,” she began. “After years of sexual assault accusations and settlements were unearthed, women’s rights groups called for the advertisers to pull their support from the show and companies listened. And so did Fox. As a result, the 8 o’clock news hour will be known as simply ‘The Factor.’ This is our collective power in action.”

Watch Lena Dunham’s remarks:

CBS “This Morning” host Gayle King, also an honoree, recalled a recent O’Reilly appearance on the morning program during her acceptance speech.

“He was promoting his book about, uh, manners,” she said.

Introduced by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, King said the former Fox host was asked by “This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell what he thought about Megyn Kelly’s book and the topic of sexual harassment.

“He said, ‘Well, I don’t want to discuss anything that brings negative attention to my network,” King recalled. “Which seems very rich under the circumstance.”

Watch below:

Variety’s Power of Women NY also honored Blake Lively, Audra McDonald and Viacom exec Shari Redstone.

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