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Bill O'Reilly finally comments on firing from Fox News

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Tobias Pedroso | 09 May, 2017, 19:06

It was the first time O'Reilly speaks publicly since his ouster from Fox News, which occurred after The New York Times published a report claiming that he paid $13 million to five former Fox News employees to settle claims of sexual harassment. He has denied everything.

Bill O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit from Fox News.

In the podcast, O'Reilly went on to say he did not want to talk any more about the situation "because I just don't want to influence the flow of the information".

"I can't say a lot, because there's so much stuff going on right now", he added.

O'Reilly continued: "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims".

In response to one fan who said O'Reilly had lived up to the title of his current book "Old School", in wishing Fox News the best after his dismissal.

Along with his termination, O'Reilly will receive a severance package; something to the tune of $40 million, which is what former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes received when he was pushed out after his own sexual harassment allegations.

But last week, with O'Reilly officially off the network, ratings fell. Time slots aren't haunted, and many of those who fled the "Factor" simply re-allocated that spend in Carlson's 9 p.m. show and elsewhere on the Fox News schedule.

O'Reilly will reportedly receive a payout of as much as $25 million from Fox News for being dropped by the network.

O'Reilly, however, has maintained that he is innocent and has said that there is no truth to the allegations. O'Reilly has said his fame made him a target and he made payments to protect his children.

While advertisers abandoned ship, O'Reilly's ratings never fell and instead spiked since the scandal first broke. "If whatever comes into the new slot make sense for us, we'll evaluate it when the time comes". It has been an honor to sit in this chair over the years of filling in for Bill O'Reilly and to being a guest for the most influential television news program in history.

A transcript of the podcast appeared on the site shortly after 7 p.m. ET.