Bill O'Reilly Speaks Out in Podcast: 'Hey, I Missed You Guys'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 3, 2017

The reemergence of the auto category presented a marked contrast to what had populated Fox News' prime-time anchor slot over the course of the last three weeks.

During Monday night's 19-minute episode, O'Reilly said he intends to turn the podcast "into a genuine news program". He told his listeners that when the truth comes out, he thinks they will be shaken by it.

Typically, subscribers pay $4.95 monthly to listen, but O'Reilly said he plans to make this week's podcasts available for free. "I was very surprised at how it all turned out". "I can't say a lot because there's much stuff going on right now".

The biggest beneficiary of the ejection of Bill O'Reilly from Fox News just might be network - and political - rival Rachel Maddow. "There's a lot of stuff involved here", he continued.

Aside from that O'Reilly claimed that he would rather keep the information under wraps for now because he doesn't want the media to "misconstrue it".

Bill O'Reilly returned to the public eye - or ear - Monday night for the first time since his ouster from Fox News over sexual harassment allegations.

It's unclear what will happen with the new line up - and if there will be any permanent fallout for Fox after scores of advertisers fled in the wake of revelations that millions of dollars had been paid in settlements to women who accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment.

O'Reilly replied, "Look, I was there for 20 years and six months". O'Reilly's reported $25 million severance from Fox News presumably precludes him from suing the network, so there is no pending litigation that we know of.

O'Reilly said the podcast, called "No Spin News", will essentially serve as "an extended Talking Points Memo", the title of the monolog that used to kick off his now-deunct show on Fox News, "The O'Reilly Factor".

On Monday, Tucker Carlson, who took over O'Reilly's 8 p.m. time slot attracted about 3.2 million viewers, more than the entire 8 p.m. viewership of CNN and MSNBC combined. "Bill O'Reilly set a high bar, and I'm going to do my best to meet it. Thanks for sticking with us".

An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment". Pivotal Research analyst Brian Weiser said in a recent note that the effects of the O'Reilly Factor going off the air should be slim to none, though it could potentially threaten Fox's pending $14.6 billion purchase of Sky plc (SKYAY).

Carlson tipped his hat to O'Reilly at the top of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" without discussing why he left.

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