Bill O'Reilly complained of a liberal "hit job" that did him in during his first interview Friday since he was sacked two weeks ago.
O'Reilly, let go following reports that the network paid almost $13 million to women who accused the talking head of sexual harassment, gave his first public interview Friday - with his one-time colleague Glenn Beck. In the weeks to come, we're going to be able to explain some of it.
"It has to do with destroying voices [the] far-left doesn't like", he added.
O'Reilly said there's going to be an upcoming expedition to expose "this crew that goes in and terrorizes sponsors" and threatens people they don't approve of. The New York Times had reported that five women received large payments in exchange for not pursuing litigation or speaking about the accusations.
"Bill O'Reilly has been nothing short of a powerhouse in cable news". "I was target No. 1, and it's sad".
O'Reilly said "there's going to be an exposition soon" on the groups that organized the efforts that led to his termination. "We are going to name them and it's going to be a big, big story". It's grossly dishonest. I did what I thought I had to do to protect my family.
"I'll pay him in sandwiches", Beck said, joking that he couldn't afford to pay O'Reilly what he made at Fox.
"We were all shocked", he said.
He offered no criticism of his former employer, saying that he had "20 good years at FNC".
O'Reilly also laced into the "vicious and evil" media which he said was not interested in portraying the news accurately.
O'Reilly tells Beck his firing from Fox News was "a hit job."
Asked about this week's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, O'Reilly said there were several reasons President Donald Trump had acted.
"They hate him, by extension anybody who gives Trump a fair play, anybody, is going to be attacked as well ..."