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In first post-Fox interview, Bill O’Reilly addresses the allegations against him: ‘This was a hit’

In a radio interview on TheBlaze’s “The Glenn Beck Program” on Friday, former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said his termination was “a hit.” O'Reilly said that “in the weeks to come, we’re going to be able to explain some of it." (Rob Kim/Getty Images file photo)

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told radio host Glenn Beck Friday that he believes he is the victim of an organized “hit” by liberal activists — but that he won’t bad-mouth his former network.

O’Reilly was fired by Fox News last month in the wake of a series of sexual harassment allegations. Many of his advertisers dropped the program following a New York Times report about the allegations. The former host of “The O’Reilly Factor” worked for the network for over 20 years.

During the interview on TheBlaze’s “The Glenn Beck Program,” O’Reilly said, “This was a hit.”

“In the weeks to come, we’re going to be able to explain some of it,” he said. “It has to do with destroying voices that the far left and the organized left-wing cabal doesn’t like.”

O’Reilly said “there’s going to be an exposition soon” on the groups that organized the efforts that led to his termination. He said the group “terrorizes” sponsors, “threatens people behinds the scenes” and “pays people to say things.”

“We’re going to name them and it’s going to be a big, big, story,” O’Reilly said, declining to offer specifics.

O’Reilly said he was “target number one” for liberal activists seeking to silence voices they don’t like.

“It’s sad,” he said. “It’s sad for me. It’s sad for my family. It’s grossly dishonest. I did what I thought I had to do to protect my family, but those days are over. From now on when I’m attacked, I’m going to take action, mostly legal action.”

He offered no criticism of his former employer, saying that he had “20 good years at FNC.”

O’Reilly said he was informed by his attorneys that he had been fired.

“We were all shocked,” he said. “But I’m not going to say any more than that. If that’s what they felt was best for the company, I’m not going to hammer that.”

When Beck joked that he wanted to write a book called “Killing O’Reilly,” a reference to a series of books written by O’Reilly, the former Fox host replied, “yeah, well they did,” adding that he was referring to the protesters, not the company.

Asked what he would have told his viewers if given the opportunity to say goodbye to them, O’Reilly said he had a “strong bond” with his audience, and that he “trusts the audience’s instincts.”

Later in the interview, O’Reilly praised Beck for starting his own company so he “controls his own destiny.”

O’Reilly also weighed in on the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, saying that the president fired the former director because he doesn’t trust him.

“The messaging is always a problem with the Trump White House,” O’Reilly said, calling White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer a “weak” defender of the president.

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