[artist id="961097"]Ludacris[/artist] has made peace with his much-publicized enemy, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly, after running into the controversial right-wing pundit at a recent dinner.
“The first thing I said to him was, ‘I want to meet the guy who has had so much to say about me, but knows absolutely nothing about me,’ ” Ludacris told RadarOnline.com. “I identified that I wanted to speak to him when I saw his name on the guest list. I looked at what table he was on and I walked my ass straight to that table,” Luda continued. “He wasn’t expecting to see me at all. The look on his face when he saw me approaching … priceless.”
The MC said the pair even teamed up for a recent charity event, but the shindig was kept secret.
In 2002, Pepsi announced Ludacris as one of its spokespeople, and O’Reilly demanded a boycott against the company for hiring someone who “disrespects women, encourages drug use and encouraged violence.” In response, Pepsi fired Ludacris , though O’Reilly continued to condemn the rapper for years afterward, calling him “vile” and a “thug.” The soft-drink company also hired Jack and Kelly Osbourne, children of Ozzy Osbourne and famous for their foul mouths, as spokespeople and kept the pair onboard.
“I feel like they don’t respect the black dollar,” Ludacris said in 2003 of the beverage company’s decision to drop him. “When they put the Osbournes on, that’s basically them saying I’m worse than the Osbournes, so I don’t know who makes the decisions up there. No pun intended, but that’s ludicrous, man.”
But now the past is water under the bridge.
“The conversation we had was confidential, however, let’s just say it was a good conversation and good came out of it,” Ludacris offered. “From there, we came to a common ground. To be honest with you, we came together and did an event for charity — as crazy as it sounds. Perhaps everything happens for a reason.”
The MC said the meeting was a culmination of years of cosmic pleading.
“I prayed since the very first moment that Bill said something about me on television that I would be able to meet him in person,” Ludacris said. “It took about seven years for that to happen, but it finally happened. And the joy that came over me, well, it was outstanding.”
Representatives for the MC were not available for comment at press time.