Two months after leaving Fox News, conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly is unveiling his plans to continue his punditry career, and they could bring him head-to-head against his former employer.
According to Newsday, O’Reilly talked about his next move during a Q&A session on his speaking tour. He said his immediate goal is to increase the content on his website, including a half-hour newscast similar to “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“It’s basically an experiment to see how many people are going to want this service,” O’Reilly said. “That’s coming and will be here before September in a robust form. But I suspect there will be another network maybe merging with us. There will be a network that rises up because the numbers for Fox are going down.”
Though O’Reilly acknowledged that his former network’s recent struggles have opened the possibility to create a conservative media rival, O’Reilly didn’t blame Fox News for parting ways with him in the wake of sexual harassment allegations from former female network staffers.
“They had a shift in management that coincided with a very well thought-out and financed effort to destroy me,” he said. “It worked — temporarily. It all had to do with President Trump. In the weeks to come, I’m going to lay all that out in a very public way.”
O’Reilly was ultimately terminated by Fox in April, after it was reported by the New York Times that the network had paid at least $13 million to settle harassment claims against him.