Bill O’Reilly is reportedly negotiating a return to television with cable channel Newsmax TV, according to Page Six. Newsmax Broadcasting’s new CEO Michael Clemente, a former executive vice president with Fox News, is said to be headhunting O’Reilly. “The deals are not done yet, but talks are in the advanced stages,” according to a Page Six insider.
Newsmax is also said to be looking at other former Fox News anchors, including Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling. Both have been approached to host prime time, hour-long shows. The planning stages have Van Susteren anchoring a 7 p.m. show after the news. Then O’Reilly would be on in his old time slot at Fox News, 8 p.m. Bolling, who currently has a deal for a digital show with CRTV, would follow O’Reilly at 9 p.m.
Newsmax is also working out the details to include former White House press secretary Sean Spicer to host a late-night panel talk show on the politics of the day. Fitting Spicer into a later time slot at 10 p.m. would allow him and his panel guests to run a looser show on a wide range of topics.
Michael Clemente took the position of CEO for Newsmax Broadcasting in April and has not wasted time putting his plans to work. Christopher Ruddy, Newsmax Media CEO and a close friend of President Trump, is said to want Newsmax TV to be “a kinder, gentler” version of Fox News. Newsmax streams its programing free online and can be found on cable TV.
If these talks bear fruit, the 68-year-old O’Reilly could return to the 8 p.m. slot to compete directly with his Fox replacement Tucker Carlson. Since leaving Fox News in 2017, O’Reilly has been working from his home in Montauk, Long Island. Never one to rest, O’Reilly has continued his writing career as a bestselling author and hosting the No Spin News podcast on his website.
Bill O’Reilly grew up on Long Island and earned a B.A. in history and later a Master’s in broadcast journalism. He taught high school history before entering the field of broadcasting in local news and was a host on Inside Edition, the highest rated “infotainment” program in the United States at the time.
After six years, O’Reilly left Inside Edition to pursue a Master’s degree (his second) in public administration at Harvard University. When Fox News launched, he hosted his program, The O’Reilly Factor, a top-rated cable news program for many years.
Wanting to expand his media presence he began writing a weekly syndicated newspaper column and he began a foray into radio with The Radio Factor, a program that ran from 2002 to 2009.
His passion for history has fueled his writing career, where he’s produced nearly 30 books since 1998. His initial successes in publishing came with books that sold in tandem with his Fox News show The O’Reilly Factor. The show’s namesake book and follow-ups, including The No Spin Zone and The O’Reilly Factor for Kids launched a new book almost every year until he started his Killing series of books and other historical works.
In 2011, O’Reilly’s non-fiction book Killing Lincoln opened the writing floodgates and he began producing two to three books a year. Along with Abraham Lincoln, the Killing series includes books on Jesus, Patton, Kennedy and Reagan.
His next book, Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History, is due in September. Few people have had the success of Bill O’Reilly in multi-media outlets and Newsmax TV is banking on him killing in the ratings.