Bill O’Reilly has laid relatively low since he was fired from Fox News earlier this year, choosing to focus on his podcast on his website. Now, O’Reilly has returned to the spotlight by granting an interview to The Hollywood Reporter, and he didn’t hold anything back.
“You mentioned on a recent podcast that you’ve had offers to return to TV. Are you near a decision?” the reporter asked.
“I haven’t decided,” O’Reilly responded. “There are some interesting projects in development, as they say in Hollywood, but it has to be the right situation. I’m waiting to see very specific details of the projects that people have pitched to us. And there have been many. I think by early October, we should have a pretty good vision of what we’re going to do.”
“Are you looking at partnering with a bigger company?” the interviewer asked after referencing an offer O’Reilly got from One America News.
“No, I wouldn’t say I’m interested in partnering,” the former Fox News host said. “I’ve got my own enterprise, BillOReilly.com, which is extremely lucrative, and I can do that full-time. We have a very committed base of subscribers, and that’ll only grow. I own that, and I don’t have to partner with anybody. I’m a hired gun. If you want me to do something, I’m absolutely willing to listen, but I’ve got to feel that the odds of success are high.”
O’Reilly surprisingly said that he did not miss being on television, and he got candid about his time at Fox.
“The business got really nasty,” O’Reilly said. “What people don’t realize is that I was under attack constantly for 16 years. Once I became No. 1, once we passed Larry King, it was every single day. And then, as social media grew and got wildly out of control, the attacks got more vicious, more disgusting. Then you have the business, you have the competition. I mean, you don’t think those people are sad that I’m not sitting in that chair anymore, do you?”
He also had some praise for Trump after he was reminded that the president stood up for him following the allegations of sexual harassment against him coming out.
“He was a stand-up guy,” O’Reilly said. “He’s very loyal to his friends. I think he understands that no one was mistreated on my watch, because that’s the truth. He knows the politics of it because he has been in the same circumstance — accused — and the press will take any allegation and make it a conviction.”
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