Bill O'Reilly hopes to be vindicated of sexual harassment charges

Bill O'Reilly is confident that he will be redeemed in the court of public opinion.
By Jason Spencer | Apr 25, 2017
Bill O'Reilly is confident that he will be redeemed in the court of public opinion.

O'Reilly was let go from Fox news last Wednesday. He had been accused of multiple sexual harassment charges. Many advertisers had left the network because of his behavior. O'Reilly

In his first direct public statement since he was fired from Fox News last Wednesday amid multiple sexual harassment allegations and the snowballing exodus of advertisers, Bill O'Reilly said he's "shaken" by his career implosion and plans to tell his the world "exactly what happened" with events that led up to his abrupt dismissal.

But not just yet.

"I am sad that I'm not on television anymore, " O'Reilly, who reigned for more than a decade as cable television's top-rated personality, told listeners to his nightly audio podcast on "I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can't say a lot, because there's much stuff going on right now."

Without specifying what he meant by "stuff"which might have referred to the terms of his $25 million golden parachute or whether he will be prohibited by a contractual non-compete clause from doing a show in the near future on a Fox News rivalthe 67-year-old O'Reilly continued: "But 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 surprisedbut I think you're going to be shaken, as I am. There's a lot of stuff involved here."

O'Reilly, who just returned from an Italian vacation during which he visited the Vatican and shook hands with Pope Francis, added: "Now, I can't say anymore because I just don't want to influence the flow of the information. I don't want the media to take what I say and misconstrue it. 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, okay?"

That is all O'Reilly had to say about his personal predicament in a 19-minute podcast that also included his repeated attacks on the "mainstream media" that precipitated his downfall (although he neglected to mention the New York Times blockbuster that accelerated his professional demise); the latest poll numbers of his apparently unfairly besieged friend, President Trump; conservative bomb-thrower Ann Coulter's controversial speech plans at the University of California at Berkeley; and the public reemergence of Barack Obama in an appearance Monday at the University of Chicago.

"I think someday Barack Obama is going to be President of the United Nations," O'Reilly predicted. "I think he's going to run that place. Because that's what they do. They discuss."


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