Former Fox News Channel superstar Bill O’Reilly blasted his former employers — accusing them of playing to the choir. He was asked by NewsNation host Dam Abrams about whether Fox would ever allow a show like “The O’Reilly Factor” to exist.
Well sure, because I brought in millions and millions of viewers and billions of dollars to that corporation for more than 20 years. Look, there’ll never be another cable news anchor who’s number one for 16 consecutive years. It’s a different world now. It’s–everything is fractured now.
But if went back to any network and reimposed The O’Reilly Factor where we brought on people to debate from all sides and we presented evidence as best we could backed up by facts, that show would go through the roof. But it’s easy to play to the choir and that’s what they’re all doing now. That’s easy. It’s hard to debate and especially when you bring bright people in.Bill O’Reilly
O’Reilly also weighed in on the text messages sent by Fox hosts to then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the January 6th riots.
He called the storming of the Capitol, “one of the most disgraceful displays in U.S. history.”
“They want what’s best for the country,” said O’Reilly about the hosts but he added that journalistically “I would not have done it myself.”As for his opinion on Fox News coverage of January 6th since the event itself O’Reilly said: “Fox News is a different place then when I was there. . . when I was there, there was discipline from management that diminishing the Capitol riot could never have happened.”