In an interview with the Associated Press published on Monday, former FOX News host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly, said that he doubts former colleague Sean Hannity will get fired from the cable news network as has been rumored because he doubts they could survive another major shake-up.
O’Reilly, who was fired by FOX News in April following sexual harassment accusations which he denied, but nevertheless provided an opening for the Soros-funded communist front group Media Matters to launch an astroturf protest against his advertisers which ultimately led to his firing, told AP that “Allegations are not facts” and that “Nobody’s searching for the truth anymore.”
According to AP, Fox’s viewership in O’Reilly’s former 8 p.m. time slot is down 13 percent since his departure. For the first time in over a decade, both MSNBC and CNN surpassed longtime ratings king FOX News in May, according to Adweek, with leftist Rachel Maddow leading all of cable news.
“There’s always cause and effect,” O’Reilly said about the ratings drop at Fox. “We were doing extraordinarily well, bringing in audiences that were competitive with the networks. You take it out and there’s going to be interesting things happening.”
“It’s the same thing, the far left going after him, trying to get him off the air,” O’Reilly said. “I think Hannity will survive because I don’t know if Fox can handle another shake-up like that.”
O’Reilly’s departure followed the departure of Gretchen Carlson, Greta Van Susteren, Andrea Tantaros, Megyn Kelly and several others, including Roger Ailes, who grew the network from a startup to the biggest name in cable news. With the exception of highly respected news anchor Bret Baier, who is still at the network, a Hannity departure would mean the entire prime-time lineup has turned over.
In an interesting twist, the Media Matters-led boycott of Hannity’s advertisers backfired with at least one major advertiser. After USAA caved to leftist pressure and pulled its ads from Hannity, the company, which caters to the military community, claimed that advertising on Hannity violates its policy of not advertising on political opinion-based shows.
However, after conservative media watchdog group Media Research Center discovered that USAA also runs ads on progressive leftist MSNBC programs like Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews, USAA embarrassingly had to pull the ads from MSNBC as well.
I think we can call that a “backfire.”
Sean Hannity is scheduled to return to his FOX News program “Hannity” on Tuesday night following a Memorial Day vacation. Last week FOX said in a statement that those speculating Hannity wouldn’t return to the network following the vacation would be made to look “foolish.”