Bill O'Reilly spoke to his fans Monday evening for the first time since being fired from Fox News, telling his "No Spin News" podcast listeners "the truth will come out" and they will be "shaken" by it.
"I can tell you that I’m very confident the truth will come out, 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,” O’Reilly said. “There’s a lot of stuff involved here."
O'Reilly's exit from Fox News came after The New York Times published an extensive report exposing multiple sexual harassment cases against O'Reilly, resulting in him and the network paying out upwards of $13 million in settlements to women who were not permitted to speak about the cases. Since then, advertisers jumped ship in droves from O'Reilly's highest-rated cable news program. An internal investigation was also launched to look into the claims.
Just weeks after sexual harassment claims surfaced against Bill O’Reilly, 21st Century Fox confirmed that the Fox News host will not return to the network.
"I can’t say any more because I just don’t want to influence the flow of the information, O.K.?" O’Reilly said on his podcast. "I don’t want the media to take what I say and misconstrue it. You, as a loyal O’Reilly listener, have a right to know, down the lane, what exactly happened and we are working in that direction."
O'Reilly will continue to air his podcast, which he says will be extended in length. He opened his first show since leaving Fox to talk about Donald Trump's approval ratings, Ann Coulter at Berkeley, and Barack Obama's first speech since leaving office.
After briefly addressing his Fox News exit, O'Reilly added he has no ill-will toward his former employer.
"Look, I was there for twenty 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."