Bill O'Reilly Breaks His Silence on Fox News Firing

Bill O'Reilly is speaking out for the first time since his dismissal from Fox News.

"For those of you tuning in. expecting to see someone different in this anchor chair, I know the feeling well", Carlson said at the beginning of "Tucker Carlson Tonight".

Balfe said the payoff in the on-demand media world can be big but it takes more than name-recognition to be successful. "I can't say a lot, because there's much stuff going on right now", O'Reilly said of his ouster. "And we are working in that direction".

O'Reilly did not elaborate any further on Monday on the controversy surrounding him, but will continue covering headline stories through his podcast.

O'Reilly promised that fans who sign up for his subscription service would eventually learn his side of the sexual harassment scandal that derailed his Fox News career. After May 1, it will be available via subscription - $4.95 a month or $54.95 a year.

O'Reilly said the podcast, called "No Spin News", will essentially serve as "an extended Talking Points Memo", the title of the monologue that used to kick off his now-deunct show on Fox News, "The O'Reilly Factor". Carlson had averaged 3.3 million in the 9 p.m. time slot following O'Reilly.

There were no changes at 10 o'clock, which saw Fox News' Sean Hannity tops in both total viewers and adults 25-54.

Those listeners were apparently making a concerted effort to find O'Reilly on Monday evening.

More than a dozen advertisers pulled their commercials from "The O'Reilly Factor", putting Rupert Murdoch and his two sons, who control Fox parent 21st Century Fox, in a hard position.

O'Reilly was let go from Fox news last Wednesday.

O'Reilly said his podcast would run four nights a week and would concentrate on current events, the New York Times reported.

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.

  • Salvatore Jensen