Bill O' Reilly will be back soon and could take the online world by storm. Just less than a week after Fox News announced that it is letting go of its most successful host on their number 1 show, O' Reilly is coming back via a podcast on Monday night on his website, www.billoreilly.com.
The O' Reilly's website's front and center ran a banner on Saturday promoting the podcast, set for 7 p.m. ET. It said: " Monday. The no spin news returns". O' Reilly has of course popularized the " no spin" on news phrase as he used to normally start each episode of the most watched cable news program The O' Reilly Factor with the line: " You are about to enter the No Spin Zone".
After much speculation following revelation of alleged sexual harassment cases against O'Reilly, and also after his vacation, and the controversial advertisers' pullout from his show, Fox News finally announced a couple of days back that they are firing O' Reilly and ending more than 20-years of successful relationship with him, with the O' Reilly Factor dominating the ratings game for the last 15 years.
O' Reilly was vacationing in Italy, where he briefly met Pope Francis, when the announcement came. He reportedly will receive a payout of up to $25 million in his abrupt departure from Fox News. O' Reilly released a statement on Wednesday still praising his former network, but also shared that it was "tremendously disheartening" to be leaving "due to completely unfounded claims".
The whole controversy started when a supposed investigation by the New York Times found out that either O' Reilly or Fox News' partner company, 21st Century Fox, supposedly paid women a total of $13 million in exchange for agreeing not to pursue litigation against the host and to not speak about their accusations of sexual harassment or other types of inappropriate behavior. The report claimed that the unidentified women either worked for O' Reilly or appeared on his show.
Some analysts pegged that O' Reilly's show brought in $325 million in ad revenue for Fox News during the 2015-2016 run alone, making it the top revenue producer for any show on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. It would be interesting to find out how the public will support and receive the quick comeback of O' Reilly and if despite the controversy, he can still bank on his huge following and transport them from television to online. The podcast titled The No Spin News Returns goes online on April 24, 7pm Eastern time. No other details were provided with the short promotional ad on O'Reilly's website.