At 67, Bill O’Reilly is old enough and rich enough — walking away from Fox News Channel with what has been widely reported to be a severance package worth about $25 million — to retire gracefully. But veteran TV writer David Bauder writes for the AP that it’s unlikely viewers have seen the last of O’Reilly.
“He’ll have options, and retirement seems unlikely,” Bauder writes. “At least three conservative news outlets are eager to speak with him. O’Reilly, the top cable news personality for two decades until Fox News Channel fired him this week following harassment claims by women, would be a game-changer for any company trapped in Fox’s shadow.”
The report quotes Chris Ruddy, CEO of the Florida-based media company Newsmax, saying of O’Reilly: “He’s an incredible, unparalleled, unchallenged talent and I would be very eager to discuss the possibility of him on Newsmax. I think he has been unfairly treated.”
Newsmax’s television operation is in 10 million homes, Bauder notes, while another right-leaning outlet, One America News Network, is somewhat larger at 35 million homes. One America “has been inundated with emails from O’Reilly fans who want their hero back on television, said Robert Herring, Sr., the network’s founder and CEO,” Bauder notes.
Still, either operation would be a step down from Fox News, which is in 90 million homes.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze said Beck — who also made an abrupt exit from Fox News, back in 2011 — would be interested in speaking with O’Reilly, according to the report.
O’Reilly’s representatives weren’t commenting today on his plans.