The no-spin zone is making a comeback, this time on your podcasting app.
Less than a week after his firing from Fox News over allegations of sexual harassment, Bill O’Reilly announced that he would host his own podcast on his website.
“Hey, I missed you guys,” O’Reilly said as he began the first episode of “No Spin News” Monday, according to USA Today.
The 19-minute podcast was the first time that O’Reilly had addressed his fans since his dismissal from Fox News after 20 years at the “fair and balanced” network. Much of the podcast, which maintained O’Reilly’s pugnacious style, was spent addressing his dismissal.
“I am sad that I am not on television anymore,” O’Reilly said, according to a transcript on his website.
“I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can’t say a lot because there’s much stuff going on right now, but I can tell you that I am very confident the truth will come out and when it does I don’t know if you are going to be surprised, but I think you are going to be shaken as I am.”
His remarks covered much of the same territory as the statement O’Reilly issued after his dismissal, in which he expressed pride in “building Fox into the dominant news network in television” but said that it was “tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.
“But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today,” O’Reilly said in the statement.
“Now, I can’t say any more because I just don’t want to influence the flow of the information,” he added on Monday’s podcast. “I don’t want the media to take what I say and misconstrue it.”
If you’re an O’Reilly superfan, take note that his podcast will only be free for the first month. After that, it will be part of the premium membership, which is about $5 a month or $50 a year. O’Reilly said all of the proceeds will go to charity.
However, it won’t be behind a paywall until the first month is over — and you can bet that there’s going to be some fireworks coming out of “No Spin News.”
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