Bill O'Reilly appears to be planning to make his way back to the top, one podcast at a time. The former Fox News host aired his first podcast Monday night, and he made it clear that he plans to build the short daily show into something strongly resembling The O'Reilly Factor, Politico reports. "As we develop the website, we'll have guests and things like that, and this will become longer and longer and longer, into a genuine news program. That's the vision right now," said O'Reilly, who's offering his "No Spin News" on his website for free this week and plans to start charging next week.
In the podcast, O'Reilly dealt with issues including the French election, as well as addressing his firing from Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations. "I am sad that I'm not on television anymore. I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can't say a lot, because there's much stuff going on right now," he said. "But I can tell you that I'm very confident the truth will come out, and when it does, I don't know if you're going to be surprised—but I think you're going to be shaken, as I am." Mediaite reports that CNN's Jake Tapper had a dig at his fellow newsman Monday night, playing an excerpt from the podcast and quipping: "Oh, how the sleazy have fallen." (O'Reilly is expected to get a hefty severance package from Fox.)