In his first interview since his ouster from Fox News last month amid a sexual harassment controversy, Bill O'Reilly said Friday that he was a victim of a "hit" job.
Speaking to Glenn Beck on the Blaze's "The Glenn Beck Program," O'Reilly said that in the weeks to come "we're going to be able to explain some of it."
Though he said he could not get into specifics due to legal issues, O'Reilly contended that "it has to do with destroying voices that the far Left and the organized left-wing cabal doesn't like."
O'Reilly was fired from Fox News in April following an investigation by the New York Times that found O'Reilly or Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, paid five women a total of $13 million in exchange for agreeing not to pursue litigation or speak about their accusations of sexual harassment or other types of inappropriate behavior. The women, not identified in the report, worked for O'Reilly or appeared on his show. The accusations date back at least to the early 2000s.
O'Reilly wasn't out of the spotlight for long. Later last month he came out with a podcast in which he vowed, "the truth will come out," implying there was more to the story than what had been reported.
During his chat with Beck, O'Reilly described a group effort that led to his ouster as one that terrorizes sponsors, threatens people behind the scenes, pays people to say things. "We're going to name them and it's going to be a big, big, story," O'Reilly said.
O'Reilly's show, "The O'Reilly Factor," reportedly lost more than half its sponsors after the Times report came out.
While he didn't go as far as to make the connection himself, O'Reilly told Beck and his listeners to seek out an article about nine companies being targeted by organized left-wing groups funded by billionaire George Soros, because they are "allegedly" profiting from Trump's immigration stance. He didn't name the article or the news outlet but seems to be referring to reporting that started with an article by Time in late April.
"That gives you your roadmap," he said.