In his first direct public statement since he was sacked from Fox News last Wednesday amid multiple sexual harassment allegations and the snowballing exodus of advertisers, Bill O'Reilly said he's "shaken" by his career implosion and plans to tell his the world "exactly what happened" with events that led up to his abrupt dismissal. He has denied everything.
Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly returned to work Monday with his fervent delivery intact, despite a much lower profile.
Over the course of his 19-minute "No Spin News" podcast, O'Reilly told listeners that the "truth will come out" about the allegations, adding that he would elaborate on his side of the story later on "down the lane".
The right-wing conservative TV personality was dismissed after a New York Times investigative piece revealed O'Reilly and Fox paid out more than $13 million in hush money to women over the years after allegedly harassing them sexually and racially.
Tucker Carlson, who replaced O'Reilly at the 8 p.m. time slot on Wednesday, told audiences at the time that his predecessor's performance "was not easy".More news: Lorde debuts new material in surprise gig before Coachella
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O'Reilly's podcast, The No Spin News, has been available to his website's subscribers since 2009.
Carlson averaged 636,000 viewers among the key demo to help Fox News finish as the most-watched cable news network during prime time, averaging 582,000 compared to 328,000 demo viewers for CNN and 424,000 demo viewers for MSNBC.
O'Reilly will reportedly receive a payout of as much as $25 million from Fox News for being dropped by the network.
O'Reilly has hosted the podcast for years, as Variety reports, but it's likely people weren't as interested in it before as they will be for Monday's edition.
O'Reilly said is podcast will eventually get longer and will include guests, becoming "a genuine news program". "I fully respect their decision and commend Fox for taking action". Some of the people on the "Factor" staff have been here from the very beginning, helping Bill O'Reilly create something that had never been done before. Oliver also reported that, in an interview with reporters in early April, Trump indicated that he did not believe that "O'Reilly would do anything wrong", and that he was "a good guy".