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03/13/2011 01:13 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bill O'Reilly Explains Why He Interrupts So Much (VIDEO)

Bill O'Reilly--who caused controversy with his frequent interruptions of President Obama during their Super Bowl interview--used his Friday show to explain why he interjects so persistently when he's talking to guests.

"The truth is that TV interviewers who want to get answers must--must--interrupt their guests," he said.

O'Reilly played clips of Fox News colleague Chris Wallace interrupting Senator Durbin and of himself interrupting Sarah Palin. He then brought on Wallace to discuss why the two of them jumped in.

"I don't want to have to interrupt Sarah Palin or Barack Obama or anybody," he said. "I asked Sarah Palin a direct question. [She] didn't answer it." Wallace agreed, and said he was interrupting guests more because they were increasingly relying on talking points instead of answering his questions.

O'Reilly said that he interrupted Palin because she was giving a speech that she'd given "literally fifty times before...and when I interrupted her, she was teed off about it."

Watch (h/t Mediaite):