O’Reilly blames ouster on culture with ‘no rules’
NEW YORK — Former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly has lost his nightly show, but he’s as busy as ever with his million-selling book career and determined to find new fans online.
In announcing his next book in the best-selling “Killing” historical series Tuesday, O’Reilly reiterated his denial of the allegations of sexual harassment that led to his April ouster, blaming them on false, ideological attacks and a vicious culture in which there are “no rules.”
“Allegations are not facts. Nobody’s searching for the truth anymore,” O’Reilly, who was fired in April amid allegations of sexual harassment he has denied, told The Associated Press in one of his first interviews since his dismissal.
“Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence,” which focuses on the Revolutionary War era, will be published Sept. 19, Henry Holt and Co. told the AP. The book will be co-written by O’Reilly’s longtime collaborator, Martin Dugard. The six previous “Killing” books, which include “Killing Lincoln,” “Killing Reagan” and “Killing Kennedy,” have consistently sold more than 1 million copies, each in hardcover.
O’Reilly, for years Fox News’ most popular and most lucrative anchor, said he wasn’t worried sales would fall off without having his show to promote his books. He hosts his own “No Spin News” podcast on www. billoreilly.com, contributes to Glenn Beck’s radio program on TheBlaze and said he would do whatever else was needed to publicize “Killing England.”