Fox News outdrew competitors in the 8 p.m. time slot Monday, its first weeknight without "The O'Reilly Factor" and former star host Bill O'Reilly. "There's much stuff going on right now", he said on the podcast.
"There's a lot of stuff involved here", O'Reilly continued on his podcast.
O'Reilly said he can not say more now because he does not want to influence the flow of the information. Though it was the first time he has spoken out publicly since his departure, O'Reilly didn't offer any details about his high-profile exit because he's concerned that some - i.e., the media - may take it the wrong way.
O'Reilly was sacked after reports surfaced of Fox and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, supporting him while they paid sexual harassment settlements totaling $13 million to five women. Wright said O'Reilly, who's white, refused to show a piece Wright had prepared after racial protests in Ferguson, Missouri because they showed blacks in too positive a light.
Mr. O'Reilly said developing a "genuine news program" was on the agenda now that he has struck out on his own, but that "the truth" would likely come out in time. As the Washington Post notes, the sexual harassment lawsuits against O'Reilly have been settled, and, presumably, his $25 million severance package bars him from suing Fox News.
Trump voters were split on this issue - 39 percent said they would watch O'Reilly's show on a new network, while 40 percent said they would not. "And we are working in that direction, okay?" "I'm going to do my best to meet it. Thanks for sticking with us".
Bill O'Reilly may have left Fox News under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations, but that doesn't mean he plans on leaving the media cycle altogether.
The podcast is free this week, but can only be accessed by joining his website's premium membership after that.
The reemergence of the auto category presented a marked contrast to what had populated Fox News' prime-time anchor slot over the course of the last three weeks.
Carlson did not beat O'Reilly's almost 4 million average during the first three months of the year. O'Reilly in a statement said his fame had made him a target, but that no complaint about him had ever been made through Fox's human resources hotline.