Bill O’Reilly Departs Fox News, Speaks Out on His Own Podcast

Abigail Smith, Staff Reporter

On Monday, Bill O’Reilly, a political commentator for Fox News spoke in his defense about what really happened. O’Reilly told listeners his thoughts for the first time since he was ousted from Fox News Channel.  

Whether he is guilty of anything is unclear, but it is clear that he and the Network paid at least five different women millions of dollars to settle allegations of sexual harassment over the past ten years.

Though he was the king for 20 years on the news, he did not go on camera, he was on a 19 minute recording podcast on his own personal website. He said he plans on casting four nights a week.

Although O’Reilly was in Italy on a vacation, Fox News decided to dismiss him last Wednesday from the show. There is a widespread of unease for Fox about having O’Reilly being dismissed from the show and what it means for the network.

According to the UK Independent, at least 50 advertisers (including several big ones like car companies) had already pulled their support from either the network or O’Reilly’s show specifically.

The Network was also hit on Monday with a new lawsuit  from former anchor, Andrea Tantaros, who claimed senior executives spied on her and created an online campaign to harass her, the network denied all wrongdoing. The podcast didn’t have any guest and did not have blurred headlines.

O’Reilly showed and talked about his new book “Old School: Life in the Sane Lane” and talked about his planned national tour, listing different cities. He also mentioned defending president Trump, and threw in a dig at senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts stating she “ she could never get elected anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line.”

When O’Reilly was on the air with Fox News, they had nearly 4 million viewers at night earlier this year. With  O’Reilly off the air, ratings dropped.

Tantaros has filed her third lawsuit against Fox News on Monday. The lawsuit from Monday states that fox news hacked into Ms. Tantaros digital devices and eavesdropped on her phone calls. Fox News executives “have no knowledge of the anonymous or pseudonymous tweets described” stated the statement. “This lawsuit is a flimsy pretext to keep Ms. Tantaros and her sexual harassment claims in the public eye.”

Hopefully the lawyers will find out who is telling the truth, is it O’Reilly, Ms. Tantaros, or  Fox News Executives? It will all come out soon.