Bill O’Reilly Back at Fox News, ‘I have enjoyed my Summer off’
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Tuesday, Bill O’Reilly returned to Fox News for the 1st time since his April ouster, declaring his almost 21 years as the face of the network’s prime-time lineup was “far and away the best job” he had ever had also denouncing the “far left” critics who tried to silence him.
Mr. O’Reilly joined Fox News host Sean Hannity to talk about his new book, “Killing England.”
Mr. Hannity asked Mr. O’Reilly if he did not miss the “Swamp, a little,” and O’Reilly joked, “I’m afraid of those water moccasins.
“I did 20 years and 6 months here,” he said. “This was far and away the best job. . . . I enjoyed my summer off. The vitriol that you have to face and that I have to face, I have to evaluate it.”
“There has to be an exposition by people like you and me about what’s really happening in this country,” he added. “It’s dangerous. They want to take freedom of speech away from their opponents. They, the far left.”
“This network goes, they win,” he warned.
Mr. O’Reilly was sacked after a report in the NY-Ts revealed he, Fox News and network parent company 21st Century Fox had paid millions of dollars over the years to settle claims of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior made against him, all of which he has denied.
The report came as the network was still reeling from a sexual harassment scandal that forced out former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, and resulted in advertisers fleeing Mr. O’Reilly’s show.
Introduced by Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly seemed to delight in declaring: “The spin stops here,” his signature opening on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
He immediately bashed the the NFL take-the-knee protests during the national anthem, calling it “a Mob mentality” that “morphed” into an anti-President Donald Trump demonstration.
“They’re caught up in emotion,” he said, adding: “But the wider picture is . . . the far left wants to drive the narrative that the USA is an evil country.”
“These players are being used,” he said.
He also accused the “media and entertainers” for driving the public divisiveness.
“Not only do they want to destroy President Trump but anyone who voted for him and supports him on air or gives him a fair shot,” he said. “We’re living in a time where there are no more journalistic rules.”
Messrs. O’Reilly and Hannity both asserted they had been threatened with boycotts if they did the Tuesday night show.
“What’s happened now is big money has poured in to organizations like Media Matters,” Mr. O’Reilly charged. “Do you know they threatened you and me if they did this segment tonight? These people want to wipe out any speech with which they disagree.”
“Hannity and I have discussed it off camera,” he added. “We will fight back. You fought back when they came after you last spring. I didn’t and I should have. . . . This is so dangerous to the country.”
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