Model Chrissy Teigen, known informally as the Queen of Twitter, reclaimed her throne Sunday to support her husband—singer John Legend—during his starring performance in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. But she stepped away from her live-tweeting duties to drag television host Bill O'Reilly for negative remarks he made about the production.
Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper teamed up to revive the 1970 rock opera on Easter. And O'Reilly didn't appear to be impressed with the production. So he did what any self-respecting 68-year-old does when he's annoyed: He aired his thoughts on Twitter.
"Watching JC Superstar on NBC," O'Reilly tweeted. "Who knew Jesus of Nazareth ran a tattoo parlor? Geez."
Admittedly, it's not the worst thing the former Fox News host has said on social media. But it certainly attracted Teigen's attention. In response to the insult against her husband's production, the 32-year-old Lip Sync Battle co-host tweeted:
Yes the shop specializes in coverups that aren’t 32 million dollars https://t.co/2hklA6Ix4P— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 2, 2018
Teigen's dig referred to one of O'Reilly's sexual harassment lawsuit settlements. He was dropped by United Talent Agency in October after news broke that he settled a sexual harassment case for $32 million. This hefty payout was reportedly designated for Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News legal analyst that pressed claims against O'Reilly.
"When the company renewed Bill O’Reilly's contract in February, it knew that a sexual harassment lawsuit had been threatened against him by Lis Wiehl," 21st Century Fox said of the January 2017 agreement, according to Deadline. "But was informed by Mr. O'Reilly that he had settled the matter personally, on financial terms that he and Ms. Wiehl had agreed were confidential and not disclosed to the company."
Teigen's representatives did not return Newsweek's request for comment. But she proved to be the production's top advocate on Sunday. At the time, the model said she couldn't "wait to learn about Jesus and superstars" before following this up with a series of tweets about the show.
Comedic actor Billy Eichner was also among the show's fans. Eichner, 39, took to Twitter to specifically highlight his admiration for Waitress alum Bareilles's performance as Mary Magdalene.
"I've always been a huge @SaraBareilles fan, beyond the hit singles. Incredible songwriter and a powerhouse singer," he wrote. "I'll be honest I like @SaraBareilles a lot more than I like organized religion."
Jesus Christ Superstar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron aimed to stay true to the musical original, the New York Daily News reported. But they took some creative liberties and modernized some aspects of the production—Jesus's paparazzi-filled arrest scene, included.