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Bill O'Reilly Announces New Episode Of Podcast

| by Brendan Kelly

Shortly following word that his Fox News show has been pulled from the air for good, Bill O'Reilly has announced the release of a new episode of his podcast.

According to the Washington Examiner, O'Reilly has announced the release of a new episode of his podcast, "No Spin News," less than a week after Fox News announced the decision to part ways with the former host amid sexual harassment controversy.

O'Reilly's website was updated on April 22 to announce that the podcast will return, just one day after his show aired its final episode.

On  April 21, "The Factor" aired for the last time, with Greg Gutfeld hosting in place of O'Reilly, according to The Hill.

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"How do I turn out the lights on such a venerable and amazing show?" Gutfeld said in the final episode. "I can't. It's not my show and it's not my place. So on behalf of all of us on 'The Factor,' good night and godspeed."

Fox News severed ties with O'Reilly on April 19, following speculation fueled by a New York Times piece which revealed that O'Reilly or Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, had paid a total of $13 million to five women in in exchange for their silence regarding accusations that O'Reilly had sexually harassed them or behaved inappropriately toward them. The five women, who remain unidentified, all either appeared on O'Reilly's show or worked for him, and the accusations date back as far as 2002. 

After The New York Times published the investigation, dozens of advertisers pulled their ads from the show. The network then announced that O'Reilly would not be returning to his show. O'Reilly was reportedly on vacation in Italy when Fox News announced its decision to sever ties. 

"It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today," O'Reilly said in a statement following the announcement of his firing, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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According to The Hill, O'Reilly's April 24 episode of "No Spin News" will be the first time that the former television host has spoken publicly since he was released from Fox News. 

The podcast is available only to premium members of O'Reilly's website, who pay $4.95 per month for access to exclusive content. 

O'Reilly will reportedly receive a payout of as much as $25 million from Fox News for being dropped by the network. 

Sources: The HillWashington Examiner, Philadelphia Inquirer / Photo credit: Justin Hoch/Flickr

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