BREAKING: Top Fox News Personality to Retire?
The man who made Fox News what it is might be stepping down. Wow. Per Deadline:
With another year at the helm of cable news’ top show and his contract with Fox News Channel up next year, Bill O’Reilly hasn’t decided if he’s going to stay in the arena or not. But the often-blunt host knows exactly what he thinks of the media’s coverage of the Presidential race.
“I thought the coverage of the election was disgraceful, and it was dishonest. It was ideologically driven and I think that the news agencies that did that will never return to a level of credibility ever,” The O’Reilly Factor anchor says of the way now-President-elect Donald Trump was covered by the likes of CNN and the New York Times.
Ending a 2016 that saw his 8 PM powerhouse Factor hit its second-best year ever and rise 18% year-over-year in total viewers and 17% in the adults 25-54 news demo, O’Reilly has now held the No. 1 spot in cable news for 16 consecutive years. He also has another nonfiction No. 1 with Killing The Rising Sun, the latest in his historical book series with Martin Dugard that started with Killing Lincoln in 2011.
In a rare interview, O’Reilly chatted with me about those heights, why The Factor works and his plans for the future. He also discussed the scandal that marred Fox News’ 20th anniversary and saw Rupert Murdoch take over directly after Roger Ailes exited amid accusations of sexual harassment. With the media meltdown of the Trump Vs. Hillary race for the White House, O’Reilly also offered his take on the outgoing President Barack Obama – as a role model and a leader.
Love him or hate him, it's undeniable that O'Reilly still has it. His late in the game programming this cycle, with segments devoted to the obscenely biased way the mainstream media was covering Trump probably helped put the Donald over the top. There's no doubt that if the broadcast veteran were to leave Fox, he'd have suitors lined up around the block.