Bill O'Reilly, 'sad' over firing, returns to podcast

He has denied everything. They say Brandi told them it was because Slater "knew too much" about former Fox Chairman Roger Ailes and top-rated host Bill O'Reilly, who have been ousted over the past year because of sexual-harassment accusations.

"Hey, I missed you guys", the former "King of Cable News" said at the opening of the online segment. You, as a loyal O'Reilly listener, have a right to know, I think, down the lane what exactly happened.

Carlson has proved a durable ratings draw, notching viewership in two different time slots since he began hosting weekday programs at Fox News Channel in November. Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes resigned last summer over similar claims.

Bill O'Reilly is coming back. The podcast has been offered as a feature for premium subscribers, but as the banner announcement says, the "No Spin News" podcast will be available free through Sunday, April 30.

O'Reilly said he can not say more now because he does not want to influence the flow of the information. O'Reilly, meanwhile, says he is "sad" he is no longer on air.

Fox News' inaugural broadcast of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" at 8 p.m. carried what appeared to be 18 national spots from marketers including Honda, ExxonMobil, Choice Hotels, BP and Infiniti. 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.

Fox News has navigated similar controversies before, as its co-founder, Roger Ailes, was dismissed last July in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations. For 20 years you have trusted Bill O'Reilly to be straight with you.

Cable news viewers' fascination with Trump has given Fox, MSNBC and CNN all big boosts in ratings.

O'Reilly was on vacation in Italy when he got the news he was sacked.

"I think someday Barack Obama is going to be President of the United Nations", O'Reilly predicted.

O'Reilly was meeting with Pope Francis when it was first announced that he was going to be fired but would be receiving a $25 million payout from Fox.

  • Salvatore Jensen