The Fox News Channel has hired Rob O’Neill, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and the man responsible for killing Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
The announcement was made on Mar. 12 and follows another recent high profile hire, that being Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In a statement, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes said: “Rob O’Neill is an American hero who dedicated his life to serving our country and protecting our freedoms. It’s incredibly rare to have someone in a television contributor role with his leadership experience and expertise at the fighting unit level. His military insight will be a major asset to the network and we are honored to have him.”
O’Neill may already be known by Fox News viewers. In November 2014, he was featured in the network’s documentary “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden,” where he discussed the heavily secretive Operation Neptune Spear, or the mission to kill Bin Laden.
It took nearly a year for O’Neill to agree to discuss such a top secret strategy with the media, according to Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy, who interviewed O’Neill for the special.
The program was the network’s highest rated special in its 18 year history, receiving 2.7 million viewers during part one and 3.37 million viewers during part two. The two parts were broadcasted on consecutive nights.
In his role as Fox News contributor, O’Neill will “offer military expertise and analysis across various daytime and primetime programs,” according to a statement from the network.
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