Maureen McPhilmy is well-known for being an ex-wife of the former popular TV host Bill O’Reilly, and although they divorced in 2011, the news feed is still full of updates on new sues coming from both sides. Who is Maureen McPhilmy, and what is she up to now?
Early life, parents, family
Maureen Elizabeth McPhilmy was born on 11 May 1966, in Chittenango, New York State USA; her mother was a gardener, and her father worked at a local market. Maureen was only five years old, when her parents divorced.
Maureen went to local St. Peter’s School, and matriculated it in 1984. She must have graduated a university or a college to work in the field of public relations (as she does now) but no reliable information has been revealed on that matter.
Right after school Maureen started working as a waitress in a small restaurant. In 1992, she started working in the field of Public Relations. She worked hard and gained success and recognition in that sphere, and is now a well-known Public Relations Executive with a stable source of income.
Meeting Bill O’Reilly, marriage and family life
Maureen and Bill O’Reilly met in 1992, when Bill was a prominent journalist and an author working for CBS News and ABC News.
He was born on 10 September 1949, in Manhattan, New York City USA. O’Reilly went to St. Brigid school in Westbury, and then he attended Chaminade High School in Mineola, both Catholic schools for boys. After matriculating from Chaminade, Bill O’Reilly proceeded with his education in Marist College in Poughkeepsie in 1967. In total, he has three degrees: a Bachelor’s in history from Marist College, then studying in Boston University he has a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism, and Master’s in public administration which he received from Harvard University, where he studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Bill O’Reilly started his career right after graduating from the college, becoming a reporting journalist, and working on hosting positions at WNEP-TV (Scranton in Pennsylvania). He was very soon rewarded for his hard work with his first Dallas Press Club Award for high grade level in the sphere of investigative reporting. His success continued when he gained an Emmy Award (a local one) for his reportage of an act of skyjacking while working on KMGH-TV in Denver. In a short period of time O’Reilly proved his skills, and gained another Emmy Award for his brilliant investigation of corruption among the high-ranking officer positions in the city.
For that period of time he anchored, worked as a correspondent or as a reporter of general assignment for such TV programs as: “World News Tonight”, “Nightline”, and “Good Morning America”, and a TV program “Inside Edition” which mainly lighted covered affairs, gossip and other specific events of that type, “A Current Affair”, etc.
By the time Maureen and Bill met, O’Reilly had become world-famous for his presence at one of the greatest events of the XX century, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, and it is worth saying that he was one of the first American journalists who broadcast that event. He also became famous when he managed to obtain an exclusive interview with Joel Steinberg, a murderer, and for being one of those who happened to present on the scene of riots in Los Angeles which took place in 1992.
Maureen is 17 years younger than Bill – when they got to know each other, Maureen was 26 and Bill 43, but the difference between their ages didn’t let them doubt in the leaning they both felt, and they married in 1996 at St. Brigid Parish in Westbury, New York, in the presence of over 100 guests. The couple was blessed with two children: a daughter, Madeline, born in 1998, and a son, Spencer, born in 2003.
The couple seemed to live a normal family life, with both succeeding at work, Maureen as a Public Relations Executive, and Bill started publishing his books, almost all of them getting on to the lists of best-sellers. Among his books there were such works as: “The O’Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life” (#1 on the New York Times’ Non-Fiction Best Seller list of 2000 ), “The No Spin Zone” (#1 on the New York Times’ Non-Fiction Best Seller list of 2001 ), “Who’s Looking Out For You?” (#1 on the New York Times’ Non-Fiction Best Seller list of 2003 ), “The O’Reilly Factor For Kids: A Survival Guide for America’s Families” (co-authored with Charles Flowers, Best-selling Non-Fiction children’s book of 2005 according to Nielsen’s The Book Standard ).
Then for the first time in a seemingly flawless happy family life, the O’Reillys faced a scandal. On 13 October 2004 Andrea Mackris, an ex-producer for “The O’Reilly Factor”, sued Bill O’Reilly for sexual harassment, seeking $60 million in damages. The same day O’Reilly sued Andrea, alleging extortion asking for the same $60 million. Though Mackris claimed O’Reilly threatened her, in less than a couple of weeks they achieved an out-of-court agreement, and dropped their reciprocal suits. The terms of agreement were confidential, but in 2017 The New York Times revealed that O’Reilly paid Mackris $9 million.
Divorce and lawsuits
Maureen and Bill saved their marriage that time though one can only guess what they both had to endure. However, in a few years their union cracked, possibly under the pressure of the number of scandals around Bill and accusations for sexual harassment. The world found out the truth when the pair decided to separate in 2010; Maureen claiming that Bill was an abuser and she had suffered from domestic violence for years. They divorced in 2011.
Maureen apparently start her new relationships right after the separation from Bill. In a short period of time McPhilmy married widower Jeffrey Gross. Daily Mail report him to be ‘a veteran of the Nassau County Police Department’, adding that he lost his first wife, Kathleen McBride, to cervical cancer in 2006, aged just 41. Maureen and Jeffrey are bringing up four children: two of Maureen’s and two of Jeffrey’s.
McPhilmy lives in a $4 million house she now shares with Jeffrey Gross and all their kids in upscale Manhasset, on New York’s Long Island. Her net worth is authoritatively estimated at over $1 million, accumulated from her work, and from the divorce settlement.