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O'Reilly on Podcast: 'Sad I'm Not on TV, Truth Will Come Out'

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By    |   Monday, 24 Apr 2017 08:48 PM

Bill O'Reilly began his post-Fox News career Monday with his "No Spin News" podcast saying he is sad he is no longer on television, but believes "the truth will come out."

"I am sad that I'm not on television anymore," O'Reilly started the 19-minute podcast. "I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can't say a lot, because there's much stuff going on right now."

O'Reilly was let go by Fox after more than 20 years hosting "The O'Reilly Factor," originally titled "The O'Reilly Report," following accusations of sexual harassment. O'Reilly says the claims are not true.

"I can tell you that I'm very confident the truth will come out," O'Reilly said Monday, "and when it does, I don't know if you're going to be surprised — but I think you're going to be shaken, as I am. There's a lot of stuff involved here."

O'Reilly said he cannot say more now because he does not want to influence the flow of the information.

"I don't want the media to take what I say and misconstrue it," he said. "However, you, as a loyal O'Reilly listener, have a right to know, I think, down the lane what exactly happened. And we are working in that direction, OK?"

O'Reilly's show was the highest rated in cable news for the past 16 years, and many of his fans were not happy Fox fired him following a The New York Times story earlier this month saying O'Reilly and Fox had paid out millions to quietly settle claims of harassment by several women.

O'Reilly said the lawsuits are typical of people such as himself who are successful and in the public eye.

O'Reilly said is podcast will eventually get longer and will include guests, becoming "a genuine news program."

The podcast is free this week, but can only be accessed by joining his website's premium membership after that. The shows will be posted at 7 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday.

The remainder of the show contained O'Reilly's analysis of several of the day's news events in an expanded version of his old "Talking Points Memo" segment. That was followed by his answers to messages from fans.

In response to one fan who said O'Reilly had lived up to the title of his current book "Old School," in wishing Fox News the best after his dismissal.

O'Reilly replied, "Look, I was there for 20 years and six months. We made history, put cable news on the map, and were successful all that time. No ebb and flow, just straight up graph. You know, that vehicle was fabulous for me, and I said in the beginning that I'm sad, but why wouldn't I wish them the best? They were there, we performed well for them, and that's the fact."

Among his comments on the news:

  • President Donald Trump's low approval ratings are reported gleefully by the mainstream press, but those negative numbers can be blamed on their relentless stories slamming Trump. The president should stop responding to the polls, O'Reilly said, since they also show his base is solidly behind him.
  • There will be an extension past Friday's deadline to pass a budget and avoid a government shutdown, he said, and though initially Congress will have to come up with money to fund Trump's border wall, eventually Mexico will pay with a tax "in some way, shape, or form that's going to reimburse the USA."
  • "You also have new definition — and this is very, very big — on the healthcare, the Trump healthcare, what that's going to be, and proposed tax cuts," he said. "I'm hearing that's going to come Wednesday."
  • Centrist Emmanuel Macron will beat conservative Marine Le Pen in France's presidential runoff in two weeks, O'Reilly said, but the French have made a statement with Le Pen's strong showing they are "furious" with unchecked immigration and lack of assimilation.

O'Reilly said he fears for the safety of conservative speakers, such as Ann Coulter, on college campuses, amid threats of violence from the left.

"I would not do this thing even if invited, because I know the danger, not just to me, it's not about me, but to other people. These people on the far left are really insane and dangerous."

He mocked former President Barack Obama's return to the public eye earlier Monday, saying Obama is "really, really good at discussing things."

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