Bill O’Reilly makes first public comments since Fox News departure

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On Monday, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly opened up about his firing and subsequent allegations of sexual harassment for the first time since his program was suddenly cancelled by Fox News.

An impromptu podcast featured on O’Reilly’s personal website offered the 69 year-old an opportunity to speak candidly, though he remained somewhat reserved for legal reasons.

With a horde of traffic coming and going through his site, so much so the site was furiously slowed by the heavy attention the podcast received, O’Reilly gave his fans a glimpse into life after Fox News:

“I am sad that I’m not on television anymore. I was very surprised how it all turned out. 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. There’s a lot of stuff involved here.

Now, I can’t say anymore because I just don’t want to influence the flow of the information. I don’t want the media to take what I say and misconstrue it. However you, as a loyal O’Reilly listener, have a right to know, I think, down the lane what exactly happened. And we are working in that direction, OK?”

While on vacation in Italy prior to his upheaval at Fox News, O’Reilly was let go by the cable network giant after numerous instances of sexual harassment were reported and settled in recent years. The New York Times published a story last month detailing O’Reilly at the center of sexual harassment settlements, costing the O’Reilly and the network a total of $13 million in five separate cases.

O’Reilly promised he will expand his Monday-Thursday podcast and website into a paid membership “genuine news program.”

 

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