Kirsters Baish| Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly held the 8 p.m. Eastern slot for more than ten years. He beat out all of his competitors in cable-news when it came down to ratings. Things have changed drastically since these days. O’Reilly has been on a kind of hiatus from primetime for about a year now, but things may be changing very soon.
It was reported by the New York Post on Monday that the former Fox News host has been talking with Newsmax TV. They have been discussing the possibility of a new show.
It was reported by the Post’s Page Six website that Newsmax is also talking to former Fox News hosts Eric Bolling and Greta Ban Susteren about hosting their own shows on the network.
— Page Six (@PageSix) May 15, 2018
The Western Journal reported on May 3 that Bolling struck a deal with Conservative Review’s CRTV. He] will be hosting a digital show for the service, which runs on subscriptions.
Emily Smith, a reporter for Page Six, quoted a source, claiming that there have been no deals signed as of yet, however there are talks between Newsmax and all of the former Fox News hosts mentioned. She wrote that they “are in the advanced stages, certainly with O’Reilly.”
On top of that, Bill O’Reilly, Bolling, and Van Susteren are speaking with Shawn Spicer, former White House Press Secretary, about the possibility of him hosting a show which is based on panel discussions regarding politics.
Smith’s source told her, “The thinking is, following a 6 p.m. news show, Greta would anchor the 7 p.m. hour, O’Reilly would be back at 8 p.m., and Bolling could smoothly continue on at 9 p.m. Spicer and his cohorts would go on at 10 p.m., with the later slot allowing the show to be looser.”
Western Journal reports:
Newsmax has a reach of approximately 50 million homes via DirecTV, Dish Network, various cable services and a handful of over-the-air channels across the country. Its programs also stream free online.
Despite having the highest-rated cable news show, O’Reilly was fired from Fox News on April 19, 2017 following an investigation into claims by multiple women over sexual harassment. Just weeks prior to O’Reilly’s dismissal, The New York Times ran a story claiming five women had been paid a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims against the anchor.
Since Bill O’Reilly was let go from Fox News, he has been laying fairly low, but there have been multiple rumors recently of him making a comeback to television.
One America News Network reported in June that they had offered the former Fox Host a show on their network. They rescinded the offer when O’Reilly’s agent never responded to them.
O’Reilly was said to be talking with Sinclair Broadcast Group in October in order to host a daily show that would last two hours. The show would be “syndicated via Sinclair’s network of U.S. broadcast stations. Sinclair owns more than 170 channels in 80 marks across the country. However, Sinclair announced in November it was not pursuing a deal with O’Reilly.”
O’Reilly was interviewed by radio host Glenn Beck last June, when he admitted that he did have interest in making a comeback to television, but only if he were to get a show on a competitive network.
“It has to be the right vehicle. It has to be a vehicle that’s competitive, because I’m having fun,” O’Reilly explained to Beck. “I never wake up and say, ‘Gee, I wish I could commute to New York City today for an hour and a half and walk into a tension-packed cauldron.”