Sean Hannity went straight to heart with a simple question directed at Bill O’Reilly.
“You want to come back?” he asked his former Fox News Channel colleague on his nationally syndicated radio show Monday.
The two were discussing “smears” from the liberal media aimed at conservative voices as O’Reilly praised Hannity for fighting back on radio, television and social media when an advertisers boycott was launched against him by Media Matters.
“You brought it right to the folks,” O’Reilly said. “You’re a lot smarter than I am, Hannity. I should’ve done exactly what you did.”
Bill O’Reilly on The Sean Hannity Radio Show (9/18/2017) https://t.co/Lz8bNj2t4V
— Jessica Karl (@JessicaKarl5) September 19, 2017
The former host of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” lost advertising and the support of the network following allegation of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. Fox News fired the longtime cable-news-ratings king back in April, though O’Reilly has continued to maintain his innocence.
He spoke with Hannity about how the left uses intimidation to remove conservative voices to accomplish what “they could never get done at the ballot box or electorally,” or even on television, as he noted before mentioning how Fox News “crushed” its cable competitors.
“We crushed CNN and MSNBC. Crushed them,” he said.
“You want to come back? I think you should come back,” Hannity asked.
“I mean, I’m at the beach every day. You want to drag me back into the swamp, Hannity? Is that what you’re telling me to do?” O’Reilly laughed.
“I think you want back in swamp and I think you’d love it back in the swamp. Look, I know you’re fans would like you back on, too. There’s not a day that goes by that people ask me, ‘How’s O’Reilly doing?’ ‘When is he coming back?’” Hannity responded. “Would you consider at some date coming back to Fox?”
“I don’t know,” O’Reilly replied. “I have to get this legal stuff done. I have to get this investigation done.”
He was referring to his own investigation into what he sees as a deliberate effort to remove him from Fox News.
“There’s a machine that the far left has developed to harm anyone with whom they disagree,” O’Reilly said. “There’s not going to be any he said, she said. Going to be stone-cold facts.”
In fact, one woman who claimed she was sexually harassed by the former Fox News host is now facing questions over her credibility. Perquita Burgess was reportedly arrested in 2015 for filing a false police report about an alleged assault.
Bill O’Reilly’s ‘hot chocolate’ accuser arrested for false charges of a crime https://t.co/Ogm2o7rP37
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 19, 2017
“When I left Fox News I told my audience that no one was mistreated on my watch for 20 years and that this was a political hit job–well-financed, well-organized, and that is the truth,” O’Reilly said in response to the report, during an interview with WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” on Monday.
His investigative team has “come up with an amazing amount of things” he revealed, adding that “over the next few months we will start to tell the American people what a political hit job is and how dangerous this is to our democracy.”
O’Reilly also spoke with NBC’s Matt Lauer on the “Today” show Tuesday, explaining why he never fought back against the multiple accusations of sexual harassment at Fox News which allegedly reached settlements with five women totaling $13 million.
“Why didn’t you sue those women?” @MLauer asking about 5 women that came forward
“Because you can’t win those lawsuits.” –@billoreilly pic.twitter.com/pOjpQh6Ju1
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 19, 2017
“If the accusations weren’t true, why didn’t you sue for defamation?” Lauer asked.
“You cannot win those lawsuits if you’re a public figure. You cannot win them,” O’Reilly replied. “I could do that, but the collateral damage of these lawsuits, the press frenzy, every allegation is a conviction. Every allegation in this area is a conviction. They don’t look for the truth.”
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