O’Reilly expresses regret for not fighting back like Hannity

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Described as the “long-time king of cable news,” former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly stated Thursday that he regrets not fighting back against the criticism that led to his ouster at Fox.

O’Reilly was fired from Fox News on April 19 after more than 50 advertisers pulled their support from his show, over sexual harassment allegations against him.

In an interview with Newsmax TV host John Bachman, O’Reilly praised the way Sean Hannity fought back against the critics during a similar situation, and held on to his position.

“Hannity actually fought back. I didn’t. I should have. For reasons that I cannot explain now, I did not,” O’Reilly stated.

Hannity came under fire for covering the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, with many on the left claiming he was promoting a “conspiracy theory.”  When advertisers started pulling out, including the military firm USAA, Hannity fought back and forced the USAA to reinstate their ads.

“Hannity knows they’re looking to get him, but I admire Sean and how he handled the situation,” said O’Reilly, adding, “He brought it directly to the folks, and the sponsors stopped. He lost a few, but they stopped so he was successful in fighting off the attack, but there will be more.”

Bill O’Reilly now hosts his own podcast show Monday through Thursday on his website, called “No Spin News,” said he may return to television at some point.

“It just depends… we’re living in a pretty vicious age now. Whoever I work for is going to have to have a lot of courage to stop the far left from attacking sponsors and spreading lies about people.”

Several networks have expressed an interest in bringing him on board, including Newsmax TV, Glenn Beck’s Blaze TV and One America News Network.

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