Invoice O’Reilly will get new present on radio station owned by Trump ally
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77 WABC has signed O’Reilly to a present that can air Monday by way of Friday from 10-11 p.m., the station’s proprietor, John Catsimatidis, informed CNBC.
O’Reilly’s first present on the community is ready for Monday, he added. Catsimatidis has been a vocal supporter of the president’s. He purchased the station final yr and has created a present lineup with a slew of Trump loyalists, together with a program hosted by the president’s legal professional Rudy Giuliani.
The brand new present, referred to as “Frequent Sense with Invoice O’Reilly,” marks the newest stage of O’Reilly’s tried comeback since he left Fox Information beneath controversial circumstances. O’Reilly, 71, has been accused by a number of former Fox Information staff of sexual harassment. He has denied any wrongdoing. The community ended his present in 2017 after the revelation of a number of costly settlements for the alleged harassment. Earlier than he left the community, his present had been a serious rankings driver since 1996.
Since his departure from Fox, O’Reilly referred to as reporting of the accusations and settlements by The New York Occasions a “smear” and has moved on from his “O’Reilly Issue” right into a present referred to as “No Spin Information.” It airs on his web site, on YouTube and on a conservative over-the-top streaming community referred to as “The First.” The channel streams on a number of platforms, together with Pluto TV, an web tv service owned by ViacomCBS.
O’Reilly has additionally interviewed Trump himself after leaving Fox Information.
Catsimatidis, who has a web price of $2.8 billion and in addition owns the New York Metropolis grocery chain Gristedes, stated O’Reilly shall be following Giuliani’s present, which can transfer from the three p.m. slot to 9 p.m. Catsimatidis has been considering a run for mayor of New York Metropolis in 2021 and just lately informed the New York Submit that he could be keen to spend $100 million if he decides to get into the race. Catsimatidis ran for mayor in 2013 however misplaced within the Republican major.
CNBC first reported on O’Reilly’s contract negotiations with WABC in August, as his legal professional Fred Newman confirmed on the time the 2 sides have been in high-level discussions and anticipating a present within the fall. Newman didn’t reply to a request for touch upon Friday.
Juliet Huddy, who was as soon as a Fox Information character and has beforehand accused O’Reilly of harassment, is a co-host of one in every of WABC’s reveals. Huddy, after the preliminary report on O’Reilly’s doable contract with the station, tweeted: “Firm Christmas celebration ought to be an actual zinger this yr.”