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Bill O’Reilly and Syndication: A Match Made in Desperation

Because We All Know Podcasting Just Isn’t Big Enough for Papa Bear.

From Campaign US: Let me begin with a suggestion for Bill O’Reilly: Call ABC and book yourself on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars.” “Papa Bear” kicking up his heels with a dancer half his age could be just what the disgraced blowhard needs to redeem himself following the many accusations of sexual harassment, all of which he denies. And just think of the ratings for ABC’s aging dance competition!

Okay, I’m kidding. Mostly. And I will admit to feeling personally satisfied when O’Reilly got the boot from Fox News, even with his golden parachute of a reported $25 million. (I was a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor” back in TK, and while he didn’t pressure me to sleep with him, the man could not have been ruder.) With advertisers boycotting the show, and Fox News’ reputation already in tatters following the departure of Chairman Roger Ailes amid similar allegations, there was no other choice. He had to go, and it had to happen now.

Which leaves us with two pressing questions. How will Fox News fare without its top-rated contributor, a name synonymous with the network since its inception? And what will O’Reilly do next? For more, click here

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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