On Apr. 19, Fox News announced it was parting ways with Bill O’Reilly after reports surfaced that more than $13 million had been paid out to women over the years to settle a number of sexual harassment claims.
Following the announcement, speculation was rife as to where the conservative cable news outlet’s most popular host would wind up. O’Reilly didn’t leave us guessing for long, announcing on his website on Saturday that his “No Spin News” podcast would be returning on Monday, Aug. 24.
In his statement, O’Reilly remained defiant, insisting his exit from Fox News was “tremendously disheartening,” while also slamming the “completely unfounded claims” that led Fox to end its association with him.
“Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television,” boasts O’Reilly in his statement.
“It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims,” O’Reilly adds. “But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.”
O’Reilly followed that up with his first podcast since being fired, reports Deadline, declaring “No Spin News” will be his primary venture for the time being. “I am sad that I am not on television any more,” he admitted, adding: “I was very surprised on how it all turned out.”
O’Reilly continued to imply the charges that led to his firing are bogus, but didn’t go into specifics. “I can’t say a lot because there is much stuff going on right now but I can tell you that I’m very confident that the truth will come out and when it does I don’t know if you are going to be surprised but I think you are going to be shaken as I am,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff involved here.”