Bill O'Reilly debuts new webcast

Bill O'Reilly debuts new webcast
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Bill O'Reilly debuted a 30-minute webcast on Wednesday, marking his return to an on-camera role after being ousted from Fox News earlier this year.

The webcast, posted on his website, was only made available to paid subscribers and will be released to non-paying viewers on Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The purpose of the on-camera show, O'Reilly said, is to "bring everybody into the annual Premium Membership fold and spread the word."

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It also featured appearances by Sirius XM Radio host Michael Smerconish and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette.

"When Bill was also hosting a syndicated radio show, I was his guest host for 5 years," Smerconish told the Reporter after the appearance. "He asked and I was happy to be his podcast guest. I didn't realize until we did it that it was his first in a TV-like format."

O'Reilly, who long held the No. 1 spot among cable news shows, was fired from Fox News in April after about 90 advertisers backed out of his program following a New York Times reported that the network or O'Reilly paid some $13 million to settle sexual harassment claims by five women.