Unless you’ve been living under some kind of rock for the past little while, you probably know that Bill O’Reilly has been ousted from Fox News following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.
This comes after The New York Times reported in April that O’Reilly and Fox News have paid over $13 million in settlements to five different women over 15 years, and after over 50 advertisers pulled out of The O’Reilly Factor.
So, O’Reilly is gone now, right? We don’t have to worry about him anymore, right?
O’Reilly will be returning April 24 at 7 p.m. ET, this time in a different medium, as he revives his “No Spin News” podcast show.
Not only will his return to podcasting allow his loyal fans to continue fawning over him, his return will give him a chance to speak publicly about his dismissal from Fox.
Let’s take a guess — will he own up to his actions? I say no. In his statement, he basically denied any and all claims of sexual harassment.
As infuriating as it is to watch him deny these claims, it’s just as infuriating to see that he is still a somewhat popular figure.
On the Tuesday following The New York Times piece, The O’Reilly Factor saw a spike in viewership, and the show’s ratings didn’t budge.
Now that he’s reviving this podcast, I can only imagine the amount of listeners he’ll have (and I have no doubt that his fans will be okay with paying the $4.95 subscription fee to listen).
To put it into perspective: O’Reilly lost his job at Fox, but he didn’t lose his fans, and he’ll still be able to run a successful podcast. That’s what’s most infuriating — that O’Reilly could do what he did and still come out somewhat on top.
So, you’re reading this, you really dislike Bill O’Reilly and you want to do something. Where do you start?
First and foremost, stay away from his podcast. The subscription fee isn’t worth the “nails scratching down a chalkboard” sound you’ll hear ever time O’Reilly opens his mouth.
But most importantly, it’s important to relate to this on a less mainstream level.
If you look at the bare-bones of this story, you’ll see a picture that’s far too represented in many women’s lives: a powerful man manipulating less powerful women, and ultimately still having the upper hand.
I say this because it’s important to understand that a man doesn’t have to be Bill O’Reilly to be capable of doing the things that Bill O’Reilly did.
And, if something like this happens, even if it’s on a smaller, less public scale, you have every right to file a harassment claim and fight for the justice you deserve.
Do you think O’Reilly will still be successful in podcast form? I’d love to hear your thoughts.