Former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly has lost his nightly show, but he’s as busy as ever with his million-selling book career and is determined to find new fans online.
In announcing his next book in the best-selling Killing historical series on Tuesday, Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence, O’Reilly reiterated his denial of the allegations of sexual harassment that led to his April ouster, blaming them on false, ideological attacks and a vicious culture in which there are “no rules.”
“Allegations are not facts. Nobody’s searching for the truth anymore,” O’Reilly, who was fired in April amid allegations of sexual harassment that he has denied, told The Associated Press in one of his first interviews since his dismissal.
Firing a ‘business decision’
O’Reilly, for years Fox News’ most popular and most lucrative anchor, said he wasn’t worried that sales would fall off without having his show to promote his books.
He hosts his own No Spin News podcast on www.billoreilly.com, contributes to Glenn Beck’s radio program on TheBlaze and said he would do whatever else was needed to publicize Killing England. He said he was “forming alliances” with internet organizations, although he said no decisions had been made and did not cite any specific companies.
“I’m not an internet person, but I realize that’s the market of the future,” he said, adding that if people didn’t like his books they wouldn’t have succeeded, no matter where and how much he talked about them. “I could give you a long list of people who have television and radio shows with books that didn’t do well.”
O’Reilly’s departure has been among several for Fox over the past year, notably the ouster of founding CEO Roger Ailes. O’Reilly called his firing a “business decision” by Fox, where ratings have dropped in recent weeks. Nielsen says Fox’s viewership in the 8 p.m. time slot that was O’Reilly’s is down 13 per cent between April and May.