Bill O’Reilly has taken longer than most expected to make his next move after being fired from the network he built – Fox News.
But he continues to drop hints about what he wants to do. And in the meantime he says he is enjoying his time on the radio show and will be creating “his own operation”. Details on what that may mean are not clear.
He also recently hinted that he’d like to get back on T.V. if it were the right opportunity because “he has battles he still wants to fight.”
Here is more on that, from The Hollywood Reporter:
“I have some battles I want to fight,” the ousted Fox News anchor said.
Last weekend, at an appearance in Westbury, N.Y., former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly confirmed to the crowd who came out to see him and Dennis Miller perform that his team will experiment with a digital newscast similar to his old The O’Reilly Factor show, to launch sometime before September.
On Friday morning, his former Fox News colleague, Glenn Beck, had O’Reilly on his radio show and asked if he would be interested in returning to television.
“I don’t know yet,” O’Reilly said. “It has to be the right vehicle. It has to be a vehicle that’s competitive, because I’m having fun. … I never wake up and say, ‘Gee, I wish I could commute to New York City today for an hour and a half and walk into a tension-packed cauldron.”
Conservative television networks have been courting O’Reilly and the large and devoted audience he brings with him. This week, One America News Network pulled an offer to O’Reilly, reportedly after not hearing back from his agent. “We are pulling offer to @billoreilly, it could have paid him more than he made at Fox,” OANN CEO Robert Herring wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “We wish him luck.”
OANN, of course, does not have nearly the audience Fox News has. Newsmax has also been interested in O’Reilly’s services.
In the meantime, O’Reilly is working on his digital newscast. On Friday, O’Reilly said the newscast will run for about 40 minutes (he had said last weekend that it would be half an hour). “We’re looking maybe to expand to a studio,” he said. “We’re not sure yet. We’ll see what happens. A lot of interest in it.” (The Hollywood Reporter spoke this week to several digital media executives about O’Reilly’s chances for success as an over-the-top video newscaster.)
He bragged to Beck about the success of his paid No Spin News podcast, which he said has topped the iTunes charts.
What do you think? Are you excited to have Bill back on T.V.?
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