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Bill O’Reilly is not returning to TV on Sinclair-owned stations, CEO says

November 1, 2017 GMT

Bill O’Reilly is not returning to TV on Sinclair-owned stations, CEO says

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The return of the “No Spin Zone” will have to wait. Bill O’Reilly is not headed to Sinclair.

The company’s CEO Chris Ripley officially ended speculation the former “O’Reilly Factor” host was joining Sinclair, the conservative-leaning owner of 173 television stations across the country.

“We get approached by people all the time, which is probably where these reports were coming from,” Ripley said during an earnings call according to the Hollywood Reporter. “He did approach us. We do not have any interest in hiring him.”

A spokesperson for Sinclair confirmed the non-interest in O’Reilly in a statement to THR saying, “Our CEO stated definitively that we have no interest in hiring Mr. O’Reilly on our earnings call this morning.”

Last week, NBC News reported the bombastic former Fox News personality and Sinclair were in discussions to bring him back to TV on possibly a two-hour show that would be syndicated to Sinclair’s stations. A Sinclair spokesperson, however, denied that claim after the story was published.

The deal would’ve raised O’Reilly’s profile to perhaps close to the level of his Fox News heydays. O’Reilly’s on-air appearances have largely been relegated to a podcast on his personal website since his dismissal amid sexual harassment allegations back in April.

Meanwhile, Sinclair’s reach is expected to balloon to more than 200 stations pending the approval of its bid to purchase Tribune Media.