Former Fox News star Bill O'Reilly is reportedly talking to longtime Fox host Sean Hannity about teaming up to bring their storied success to a new television network.
According to New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman, who is one of the most connected journalists covering Fox News, O'Reilly is in talks with Hannity to join Sinclair Broadcasting, a conservative-leaning news network that has a massive reach.
Sherman explained the possibility Sunday morning on Joy Reid's MSNBC show. Sherman is an MSNBC contributor.
"My sources in and around Fox say that [Hannity] and Bill O'Reilly are potentially in talks to take their shows to Sinclair," Sherman said. "Bill O'Reilly has wanted to get back into the game."
"So Sinclair has really wants to build the future of a conservative media empire and poaching Fox's biggest names would help them do that," he explained. "This, again, is the groundwork for what I think will be the next conservative media platform in the post-Roger Ailes era."
Sherman followed up his MSNBC appearance with two weeks reiterating his on-air comments. He also added that O'Reilly has been in talks with Newsmax TV:
As I reported this morning on @amjoyshow, Bill O'Reilly has talked Hannity about teaming up to go to Sinclair Broadcasting, sources say.— Gabriel Sherman (@Gabriel Sherman) 1500823451.0
Impt to note O'Reilly also considering @newsmax TV as a possibly landing pad— Gabriel Sherman (@Gabriel Sherman) 1500823684.0
However, Sherman wrote on Twitter that he is "skeptical" of an O'Reilly-Hannity alliance because they've not been the best of friends over the years:
I'm skeptical though of an O'Reilly-Hannity alliance because the two had a lot of bad blood from their time at Fox News— Gabriel Sherman (@Gabriel Sherman) 1500823498.0
O'Reilly was fired from Fox in April over allegations that he sexually harassed women while at Fox News. O'Reilly settled with the woman out of court, not because he was guilty, but because he wanted the allegations to go away, he later said.
Since his departure from Fox, where he dominated cable news television for years, many have questioned where O'Reilly would end up. O'Reilly has said he's still interested in doing television. Meanwhile, he hosts a podcast on his website, BillOReilly.com, and joins Glenn Beck on his radio program each Friday. O'Reilly has even hinted at the possibility of doing an in-house television program.
As far as Hannity, it appears all is well with him at Fox. He currently has some of the best ratings on the network and is thriving with President Donald Trump in office. However, since the departure of Roger Ailes' and Bill Shine from Fox, questions have been raised over Hannity's future at the network given that Rupert Murdoch's sons, James and Lachlan, are now running the day-to-day operations.
It remains to be seen what will happen with the future of conservative media, but wherever O'Reilly and Hannity end up, it's clear they will have very large audiences as they have cultivated millions of loyal followers over the years.