Saturday 20 January 2018

Bill O'Reilly breaks his silence for the first time since Fox News exit

Defensive: Bill O’Reilly. Photo: Reuters
Defensive: Bill O’Reilly. Photo: Reuters
Fox hunt: Nobody is shedding any tears for Bill O'Reilly

Sasha Brady

Bill O'Reilly has broken his silence for the first time since his exit from Fox News.

The former Fox News broadcaster launched a new episode of his podcast, No Spin News, on Moday.

The 19-minute podcast, which O'Reilly (67) has been hosting for years, is only available to premium subscribers of his website.

He opened the show by saying, "I am sad that I am not on television anymore."

Fox hunt: Nobody is shedding any tears for Bill O'Reilly
Fox hunt: Nobody is shedding any tears for Bill O'Reilly

Less than a week ago, Fox News gave O'Reilly the axe following an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual harrassment.

"I was very surprised how it all turned out," he said of his firing from Fox News.

"I can't say a lot because there's much stuff going on right now. But I can tell you that I'm very confident the truth will come out.

"And when it does - I don't know if you're going to be surprised - but I think you're going to be shaken, as I am."

His ousting from Fox News came after weeks of public criticism and an advertising boycott involving more than 80 companies.

A New York Times report revealed that he and Fox News had paid out approximately US$13m in settlements to five women to prevent them from suing or disclosing information over alleged sexual misconduct.

His show, The O'Reilly Factor, was one of the most popular programmes on the conservative network.

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He promised that fans who sign up for his subscription service would eventually learn his side of the sexual harassment scandal that derailed his Fox News career.

O'Reilly's website features the statement sent to media outlets after the news of his firing was made official, in which he called it "tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims."

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