Controversial former Fox News personalities Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are joining forces for a weekly pow-wow on Beck’s radio show. O’Reilly was recently fired by Fox News after myriad sexual harassment claims; Beck left suddenly and without explanation in 2011 “after advertisers fled amid outcry over his controversial rhetoric, even as ratings stayed strong,” The Hill said.
On his “No Spin News” podcast, O’Reilly said, “We’re going to do that every Friday until Beck gets tired of me. And it’s a good outlet for me to discuss things back and forth with Beck, who’s a good friend. We don’t agree on everything, but it’s very lively.”
After Beck left the network, O’Reilly still had him back on as a guest on “The Factor” more than any other Fox host. Beck said the two are close enough that O’Reilly reached out to him the day he was ousted by Fox last month, The Hill reported.
On his radio show Friday, Beck told O’Reilly on the air, “I would like you to work for TheBlaze,” Beck’s media company. “I could not get the cable coverage by myself because I’m not powerful enough, unless you have a giant corporation behind you. If we could unite our powers for good, as opposed to evil—but that’s another conversation.”
As Inside Radio reported last month, The Blaze and conservative personality Tomi Lahren are in the midst of dual lawsuits after she was told her contract would not be reviewed. She claims Beck ousted her because of her pro-choice views.
Meanwhile, there is talk in the media hemisphere that Sinclair Broadcasting wants to recruit both O’Reilly and Fox’s Sean Hannity to a potential new news network that would compete directly with Fox News. Politico reports, “Both O’Reilly, who is now without a network, and Hannity, who is fuming over Fox News’ firing of his friend Bill Shine as copresident, might be receptive to a pitch from a Fox rival.”
Sinclair denies the story: A spokesperson told Politico, “We are not speaking to Hannity, not speaking to O’Reilly, [and] there is no intention of hiring any of them.” On the other side, a source with “direct knowledge of conversations” said there is intense interest from Sinclair—“a national broadcast company known for promoting conservative views”—to recruit the two anchors.
Sinclair’s purchase of Tribune last week includes cable channel WGN America. Politico notes that “speculation began spreading that they may be angling to create some sort of Fox News rival” on the channel. Sinclair would have some big hurdles to overcome if it were to try set up a competitor in the conservative news space. WGN America is contractually listed as an entertainment channel with cable carriers, not news.