He may not be returning to Fox News, but he is returning back to regular news reporting. It’ll do for now, at least until O’Reilly is contracted somewhere more permanent.
On Wednesday night, Bill O’Reilly made his first appearance on what could be his new regular show: a half an hour long news show, shot inside a studio and made available to subscribers on his website. The show will then be made available to the non-paying public the next day.
After being ousted from Fox News, O’Reilly has produced a daily “No Spin News” podcast that is available only to subscribers. But he is looking to do something more, and is ultimately wishing to “get the word out” by bringing “everybody into the annual premium membership fold.”
O’Reilly makes clear that Wednesday’s broadcast is a test.
“We want your input,” he remarked at the top of the program. “How does it look? Do you like it?”
According to Hollywood Reporter, the show covered the same topics that characterize a typical O’Reilly program. As he did as host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” he discussed President Trump’s blustery remarks about North Korea, the media’s coverage of the president, and Wednesday's news that the FBI had raided the home of a former Trump campaign manager. He interviewed several guests via Skype.
“For what it’s worth, the reaction to O’Reilly’s first online news show was almost universally positive,” writes the Hollywood Reporter. “O’Reilly has been promoting his online TV debut for weeks, though some have questioned whether he can make an OTT offering work. He admitted, in an Aug 3. Podcast, that older viewers might not be comfortable watching his show on a computer.”
O’Reilly claims that he has “a lot of offers, luckily” to return to television, before adding that he’s “not in a hurry.”
“It’s a nasty, dirty game. If I get back in, I’ll be attacked. I know that. I have my attorneys ready to go.”
CNN has announced that it will host O'Reilly's first post-Fox interview later next month. This interview will demonstrate how much things have changed for O'Reilly. Even one year ago, it would have been unthinkable that O'Reilly would be seen on another cable news channel that isn't Fox News.
Pat Robertson has recently commented on Bill O'Reilly's termination from Fox News. He thinks it's all part of a conspiracy. Read Pat Robertson explain his theory here.