Despite being fired from Fox News in April, former cable-news ratings king Bill O’Reilly has kept pretty busy over the last few months. Aside from working on his newest book, Killing England, O’Reilly has been building his business at billoreilly.com. If you miss seeing the “Talking Points Memo” on TV, you can listen to his daily podcast, which will soon be broadcast from a new Manhattan studio.
With so much going on, O’Reilly sat down for an interview to discuss his ongoing projects. However, the hints he dropped on other subjects may be what generates the most buzz.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Bill O’Reilly has scores to settle — with his accusers, the media and the “far-left precincts” that have “viciously attacked” and plotted to “destroy” him. But on this September afternoon, the former king of conservative cable — host for 20 years of Fox News’ top-rated The O’Reilly Factor — is trying his best to play nice. He (gently) chides President Trump for his comments about some neo-Nazis being “very fine people” before coming to his old friend’s defense (“He acts and he speaks emotionally, OK?”). He compliments Megyn Kelly’s interview with Vladimir Putin (“She asked the right questions”), albeit in a backhanded way (“but I’d get right into his face”). He shows restraint when asked about his former employers at Fox, who in April fired O’Reilly, then making $25 million a year, after accusations of sexual harassment. Those accusations are false, he insists, hinting that “stuff will come out.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time O’Reilly has made a similar vow. Shortly after his ouster, O’Reilly promised listeners the truth would come out, saying “I’m very confident the truth will come out and when it does, I don’t know if you’re going to be surprised, but I think you’re going to be shaken, as I am”.
Additionally, O’Reilly hinted at a possible return to news in his future:
You mentioned on a recent podcast that you’ve had offers to return to TV. Are you near a decision?
I haven’t decided. 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.
Clearly, being fired from the top-rated cable news show after two decades isn’t slowing O’Reilly down. If anything, the 67 year-old seems more motivated than ever. Now, we just have to wait and see if he follows through on the hints he keeps dropping.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]