Bill O’Reilly finally opened up about the abrupt end of his long career at Fox News and admitted he should have fought harder to stay.
“I may come back to television, it just depends,” he told Newsmax TV’s John Bachman on Thursday.
The cable news king and former host of “The O’Reilly Factor” was fired by Fox News in April over sexual harassment allegations after a two decade-long career at the network. O’Reilly denied the accusations and vowed “the truth will come out” in his new podcast following his exit.
“We’re living in a pretty vicious age now. Whoever I work for is going to have to have a lot of courage to stop the far-left from attacking sponsors and spreading lies about people,” he told Newsmax.
The 67 year-old lamented how he had handled the escalating problems that led to his departure from Fox News following protests and advertisers pulling their commercials from his show.
“In hindsight, Sean did it the right way,” O’Reilly said, praising his former colleague, Sean Hannity, who was also recently under attack but fought back against the leftist forces he believed were behind the campaign against him.
“I should’ve done it that way, but I didn’t,” O’Reilly added. “This was no accident our sponsors were attacked. This is very well organized. They tried to with Hannity. Hannity actually fought back. I didn’t. I should have. For reasons that I cannot explain now, I did not.”
Commending Hannity for his response to the backlash, O’Reilly warned that there would be more to come from the left.
“Hannity knows they’re looking to get him,” he continued. “He said it. But I admire Sean, and I admire how he handled situation, because he brought it directly to the folks and the sponsors stopped. He lost a few, but they stopped. So, he was successful in fighting off the attack. But there will be more.”
Hannity immediately went on the offense against the left-wing groups targeting him. He called them out by name, and urged his fans to help expose them to his sponsors to which they did in spades.
O’Reilly would not share details of what transpired with him and his former employer, but promised to reveal “stunning” information n the coming weeks.
“We have a lot of information, but my lawyers are begging me not to say anything. We’re going to drop it in the next few weeks, and it’s really, really stunning how organized that was and what these people did,” he told Newsmax.
“I want to let the legal people handle this. I do believe there will be litigation, so I’m going to let them take the lead and then after it’s out, then I’ll comment further on it,” he added.
O’Reilly concluded that the “very powerful people, very well-funded people” behind the attacks have a bigger target than just himself or Hannity.
“The goal is to destroy the Fox News Channel, because that’s the only television medium that gives Donald Trump a fair shake,” O’Reilly said. “That was the goal, and that was instituted very quickly once the president was elected. So, ‘we got to get the Fox News Channel and how we’re going to get them? Got to take their talent out. Get the talent that matters.'”
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