Written by DML
Although Fox News officially turned off the lights on Bill O’Reilly, the number one ratings grabber in cable news history isn’t ready to retire to his big home in the Hamptons.
“What’s next for Bill O’Reilly?” It’s the biggest story in media, and it’s got everyone talking, speculating, and pushing around rumors that in some cases, are downright hilarious.
CNN and MSNBC have already said they hold no interest in hiring O’Reilly, but that doesn’t mean he won’t land a new gig of some kind, even if it’s an internet play.
On Thursday, O’Reilly dropped a hint that he may be returning to television on some level, and sooner than later.
In the last of his free podcasts available exclusively on his own website, the hard-hitting media personality said he will launch a video news program and “maybe go into some other networks as well.” What that meant is a mystery, but it sounds to me like a licensing deal of some kind. That, would be a smart move for O’Reilly.
In trying to get listeners to dish out $50 for an annual subscription, Bill told listeners, “So, I hope you consider it and sign up because we will be here Monday through Thursday with our audio broadcast, and we are working on making it a video display.” O’Reilly continued, “We’re going to expand the concept on BillOReilly.com, and maybe go into some other networks as well.” He repeated himself with a voice of confidence, “We think we provide a unique perspective on the news, by the way, and as I said in the beginning of this broadcast, we’re going to expand it. So, we’re going to expand it.”
In a tweet last week, CNN’s Brian Stelter questioned if O’Reilly would land at the barely holding on TV network, Newsmax.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 19, 2017
I find that tweet to be as funny as it is delusional. But then again, look at the participants. Fake news and fake conservatism collide.
If O’Reilly were to make such a move, not only would I be shocked, but it would say a lot about O’Reilly’s current state of mind. It would be like President Obama deciding to get back into politics by running for the county dog catcher position.
Due diligence, Bill. Due diligence. Either that, or the next book is sure to be called, “Killing O’Reilly.”
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