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Bill O'Reilly boycotts Sean Penn's films

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The conservative host of "The O'Reilly Factor" says his political views affect his entertainment choices.

In a recent interview, Bill O'Reilly told the Hollywood Reporter that it's his "right as an American" to boycott Sean Penn's films, Reuters reports.

"He's a great actor," said the popular Fox pundit. "If you hire him, you'll get a good performance. I'm just not going to give a guy who gives aid and comfort to people like Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez and Saddam Hussein, when he was alive, my 10 bucks. That's my right as an American."

Since the release Penn's Oscar-winning film, "Milk," the actor has focused his political efforts on gay rights, vocally supporting gay marriage and lobbying for a "Harvey Milk" day to commemorate the work of the gay rights pioneer he portrayed onscreen.

O'Reilly, who has been blasted for comments about the passage of California's Proposition 8, was mum on the subject of gay rights as it relates to his Penn boycott.