Chrissy Teigen shuts down Bill O’Reilly following complaints about John Legend

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When a disgraced Fox News presenter criticised her husband’s performance in Jesus Christ Superstar Live, Chrissy Teigen knew exactly what to do about it…

NBC resurrected Jesus Christ Superstar with a live-action version of the 1970s rock opera over Easter weekend, featuring an all-star cast, modern costumes and outstanding musical numbers.

Sara Bareilles played Mary Magdalene, Hamilton star Brandon Victor Dixon took on the role of Judas, Alice Cooper revived his tremendously fun cameo from past productions as King Herod, Ben Daniels took on Pontius Pilate and Norm Lewis dominated as Caiaphas.

Other stars included Erik Gronwall as Simon Zealotes, Jason Tam as Peter and Jin Ha as Annas – but the star of the show was undoubtedly John Legend, who tackled the falsetto vocals of the titular messiah with true aplomb.

Unsurprisingly, the show was a hit among viewers, with countless social media users praising the cast and crew for reminding them how heavenly a live TV musical can be when it’s firing on all cylinders.

However, Bill O’Reilly was distinctly unimpressed by the show – particularly Legend’s performance.

“Watching JC Superstar on NBC,” he wrote scathingly.

“Who knew Jesus of Nazareth ran a tattoo parlour? Geez.”

It goes without saying, though, that coming after Chrissy Teigen’s husband on Twitter is a big mistake. Huge.

As fans of the model, presenter and cookery writer will already know, Teigen – unlike so many other A-listers – doesn’t have a PR sat by her side to carefully monitor each and every single one of her posts.

Instead, she keeps it honest and full of her dry sense of humour, which leaves her perfectly poised to issue clapbacks whenever and wherever she needs to. 

So, when she saw the tweet mocking her husband’s starring role, Teigen made it her mission to blast O’Reilly to kingdom come.


Teigen is, of course, referring to the $32 million in settlement money O’Reilly paid in a settlement to his former producer for allegedly sexually harassing her.

Additionally, Fox’s parent company was forced to pay $13 million in settlements for similar accusations against the host – and O’Reilly was fired from the network following an advertiser boycott of his show after the settlement news broke.

Naturally, Twitter users lost their minds over Teigen’s flawless shutdown.

However, nobody appreciated Teigen’s comeback more than Legend himself:

The couple may not like the hashtag #relationshipgoals, but we have a feeling plenty will be applying it to them after that epic show of teamwork.

Earlier this year, Legend praised his wife for making him a better person – and thanked her for teaching him to be bolder and braver with his opinions.

“I’ve gotten better at life [since I met her],” he said at the time. “Learning what the other person in your relationship likes and caring enough about what they like to try to make them happy.

“And when you raise kids together, you have to operate like a team and you want that team to be successful. I wasn’t ready to do that when I was 25. But then I met Chrissy… [and] she has brought out a boldness in me to not always say the safest thing.

“The way we represent ourselves is honest.”

Legend added: “I’m more attracted to Chrissy now than I was 10 years ago. It’s more than just physical now. We’re a team. It makes me feel more connected to her than ever.”

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.