Huckabee: You can’t ‘kiss a woman leaning away from you’

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) made an ill-timed analogy Wednesday on Fox News, invoking the idea of "kissing a woman leaning away from you" the same day host Bill O'Reilly was fired by Fox News over sexual harassment allegations. 

Speaking on Fox's "The Factor" — the show that had long been known as "The O'Reilly Factor," until Wednesday — Huckabee sought to make clear he thinks the media doesn't treat President Trump fairly.

"Journalism has died in this country; there isn't any," he said, ripping the media for its negative coverage of Trump.

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"There's three things you can't do. You can't spit into the wind, you can't climb a ladder leaning toward you or kiss a woman leaning away from you," Huckabee said.

"Add one more to the list if you're Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats target Trump's border wall in defense bill debate Obama ethics czar: Trump fundraiser at his DC hotel ‘illegal’ Trump trolling of Comey — Not presidential MORE: You can't get a fair shake from the media, and he hasn't and he probably isn't going to."

The comment about kissing "a woman leaning away from you" — though unrelated — came just hours after the network announced Wednesday O'Reilly would not return to his show.

The New York Times reported earlier this month that five women have been paid $13 million to settle harassment claims against O'Reilly. In the wake of the report, more women have stepped forward to accuse O'Reilly, who has for years hosted the most-watched show on cable.