Billo the Klown loses job offer – OANN rescinds deal for has-been O’Reilly
OAN CEO Robert Herring publicly announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that the former Fox News host no longer had a standing offer.
— Robert Herring (@RobHerring) June 20, 2017
Mediaite reached out to Herring following his tweet and he confirmed the details, stating that they decided they were “ready to move on” after both O’Reilly and his agent failed to get back to him. This followed direct discussions between the network and O’Reilly about O’Reilly joining OANN. Per Herring, the offer to O’Reilly “would have been very good” and possibly more than what he made at FNC, just as his tweet said. (It had been reported that O’Reilly’s contract paid him $25 million a year when he parted ways with Fox News.)
Herring went on to explain that they “wanted to move on” after the lack of contact with O’Reilly’s team, as OANN is still eager to launch a third talk show. News of O’Reilly assembling his own production team (first reported by Mediaite) and robust launching of original video on BillOReilly.com appears to have hastened the OANN CEO’s decision.