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Donald Trump said on The O'Reilly Factor that the 1996 Miss Universe was going to be fired for gaining weight, but that he "saved her job."

The beauty pageant winner, Alicia Machado, was brought up by Hillary Clinton at Monday's debate. Machado, who is from Venezuela, accuses Trump of calling her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."

Machado told Megyn Kelly that Trump is "not a good person," accusing him of causing her to develop an eating disorder by insisting she lose weight.

Trump, however, told Bill O'Reilly that he "hardly knows" Machado, saying she "didn't do well" as Miss Universe and "had a lot of difficulties." 

"The company wanted to fire her and I saved her job. ... I've done that with a number of the young ladies, where I save their job. Look what I get out of it. I get nothing," said Trump. 

"They wanted to fire her for putting on so much weight. It is a beauty contest. Say what you want, they know what they're getting into. ... I said, 'don't do that, let her try and lose the weight.'"

Trump said it was a "cheap shot" for Clinton to bring up the subject. 

Meantime, FoxNews.com has reported on Machado's complicated past, included an accusation that she threatened to kill a Venezuelan judge in the late 90s.

Watch the clip above and check out John Roberts' report from Trump Tower below.


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