Bill O’Reilly is not joining CBS News, despite a report from a supermarket tabloid. The story wrongly claims he could replace Jeff Glor as the host of “CBS Evening News.” Gossip Cop has learned this is completely untrue.
“Bill O’Reilly Eyeing A CBS Comeback,” reads a headline on the website of the National Enquirer. O’Reilly infamously left Fox News last year amid a sexual harassment scandal. Now the magazine claims he is “gearing up for a stunning comeback at a major TV network,” and “angling to replace Jeff Glor on ‘CBS Evening News.'” The article is based entirely on anonymous, untraceable “industry insiders.”
The outlet specifically alleges O’Reilly is “negotiating a blockbuster $30 million package” to take Glor’s place, and is vowing to “bury Fox in the ratings.” A so-called “network source” is quoted as saying, “Talk about sweet revenge!” As for how O’Reilly supposedly ended up in talks with CBS, the publication contends the broadcaster has been “scrambling for a solution” to ratings woes. “Bill can’t wait to reclaim his lost glory and shove his new gig in the faces of his enemies,” maintains the tabloid.
It is true that ratings for “CBS Evening News” have largely been down with Glor at the helm, leading to speculation about how long he’ll stay in the job, which he just started in December. That said, CBS News president David Rhodes recently expressed confidence in Glor and “Evening News,” saying, “We are actually performing right to the target anticipated.” He further told Variety, “Jeff’s hire was really deliberate.”
And it would make little sense to replace Glor, a journalist, with O’Reilly, a political commentator, for a news program. Such a move would likely hurt, not help, ratings, given that O’Reilly is a partisan figure. In fact, one of the reasons he was let go from Fox News was due to an ad boycott, something CBS certainly wouldn’t welcome. But this is a non-issue, as O’Reilly is not actually in talks to join the network.
While he and his reps did not respond to multiple requests for comment, a spokesperson for CBS News quips to Gossip Cop, “That’s a good one. Tell us another.” Although Glor may eventually be out one day, it is not happening in the immediate future. More importantly, the anchor chair will not be filled by Bill O’Reilly, contrary to the Enquirer‘s report. It should be noted the magazine is far from a reliable resource on the TV news industry, falsely claiming in a cover story a month ago that Hoda Kotb was about to be fired from NBC’s “Today” show.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.