Looks like things have progressed in getting Bill O’Reilly back on television. And O’Reilly might not be the only one coming back.
O’Reilly was Fox’s top-rated cable news host with “The O’Reilly Factor,” but left Fox after sexual harassment allegations in April 2017 after a boycott of the advertisers on his show.
Page Six is reporting that Newsmax TV is in advanced talks now with O’Reilly for a cable show.
From Page Six:
A year after O’Reilly’s abrupt exit from Fox News, where he was the top-rated host in cable news, the controversial anchor — who was forced out after the disclosure of sexual-harassment allegations and settlements paid to alleged victims — is in advanced discussions with Newsmax about developing a new show, we’re told.
The talks kicked into high gear after former Fox news executive Michael Clemente joined Newsmax as CEO in April.
And O’Reilly is not the only former Fox host who Newsmax is thinking of resurrecting.
Newsmax is also chasing other former Fox News talent — Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling have been approached to join as hosts of hourlong shows in prime time. Bolling already has a deal with CRTV for a digital show.
Adding to the Newsmax mix could be former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who we’re told is set to star on a politically focused late-night panel show.
While it hasn’t yet been worked out, they considering Greta for 7 p.m., O’Reilly for 8 p.m. Bolling at 9 p.m. and Spicer for 10 p.m.
But the deals haven’t been finalized yet, although O’Reilly’s deal is furthest along in talks. If he gets an 8 p.m. show, it would pit him in the time slot up against Tucker Carlson who has taken his old slot at Fox News.
Since leaving Fox, O’Reilly has been doing podcasts and working on his books at his home in Montauk.
According to Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy, they are trying to brand themselves as a “kinder, gentler” Fox News.
They might have a way to go to get to Fox’s powerhouse numbers.
Although Fox took a lot of hits over the past year losing O’Reilly, Van Susteren, Bolling and Megyn Kelly, they appear to have righted themselves with Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham among others. Although Ingraham’s show came under boycott attempt from gun control activist David Hogg, it survived with higher ratings than ever.
Fox News is still the king of the ratings compared to the other liberal cable networks.
Newsmax has not yet confirmed any of these discussions about the former Fox hosts and O’Reilly’s spokesperson has declined comment.
But if Newsmax is able to pull this off, they may be making a lot of their fans happy and drawing in a much bigger audience.