Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said he is "sad" that he's not on television anymore and admitted Monday evening he's "very surprised how it all turned out" regarding his split with his network home of more than 20 years.
O'Reilly opened his "No Spin News" podcast by promising his listeners that new details ― presumably ones redeeming him in his sexual harassment scandal ― are forthcoming.
"I don't want the media to take what I say and misconstrue it", O'Reilly said. O'Reilly stated that he couldn't "say a lot" and that he was "sad" about the situation. "There's a lot of stuff involved here", he continued.
On Apr. 19, Fox News announced it was parting ways with Bill O'Reilly after reports surfaced that more than $13 million had been paid out to women over the years to settle a number of sexual harassment claims.
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In addition to continuing his podcast, O'Reilly has a speaking tour scheduled to start in June with Fox News personality Jesse Watters and comedian and political commentator Dennis Miller. The podcast would be free to access through Thursday, after which time it would be available only to "Premium Members" of his website.
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O'Reilly is expected to receive a multimillion-dollar payout from the cable network.
Clearly we have not heard the last of O'Reilly, and he won't be sitting down to tell Barbara Walters or Oprah Winfrey how sorry he is anytime soon.
Mr Murdoch chairs NewsCorp, the parent company of the tabloid New York Post and conservative news outlets Fox News and Heat Street, and is said to be close to Mr Trump. "He set a high bar, and I'm going to do my best to meet it. Thanks for sticking with us". I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers.
It is important to note that there is no clear reason O'Reilly "can't say any more".
Not long after O'Reilly signed off online, Tucker Carlson's show moved into the 8 p.m. EDT time slot that had been home to "The O'Reilly Factor".