Former FOX News superstar Bill O’Reilly announced he will be returning to newscasting in some form soon.
“I am starting my own operation,” he revealed over the weekend in his first public appearance since he was taken off the air by Fox. “We are going to do that.”
The form the new O’Reilly show will take is as yet unknown but it will likely start out as a carbon copy of his popular O’Reilly Factor.
“We will go into a studio and here it will look like ‘The Factor.’ … It’s basically an experiment to see how many people are going to want this service,” he said.
The first of O’Reilly’s shows should appear on his eponymous website billoreilly.com. But O’Reilly hinted at bigger things in the future:
“That’s coming and will be here before September in a robust form. But I suspect there will be another network maybe merging with us. There will be a network that rises up because the numbers for Fox are going down,” he said. “A bunch of people are looking to compete with Fox because there’s a perception” of decline.
O’Reilly didn’t take the bait and go after FOX News but did take on those who he thinks were behind his ouster:
“[Fox is] a different network,” he said. “It happens. I’m not going to bad-mouth them. They had a shift in management that coincided with a very well thought-out and financed effort to destroy me. It worked – temporarily. It all had to do with President Trump. In the weeks to come, I’m going to lay all that out in a very public way.”
He outlined his case against the media and how they treat him and President Trump:
O’Reilly blasted the media, calling out CNN specifically for exhaustively investigating unsubstantiated ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
“No matter what [Trump] does, they’re going to find a way to demonize him. It doesn’t matter. So that makes my job so much harder because I know what they’re doing. I know who these people are,” O’Reilly said of the media. “They don’t care about being fair or being accurate or being factual.”
When asked how to counter left-leaning media dominance and “the cabal that is out to get Fox,” O’Reilly pointed to Fox host Sean Hannity’s effectiveness in withstanding the recent barrage of attacks against him. Several advertisers recently abandoned Hannity over his coverage of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich, as rumors that he was fired lit up the Internet.