Bill O’Reilly Ditches CNN Interview: Not ‘Comfortable’

CNN host Michael Smerconish announced Thursday morning that Bill O’Reilly had canceled an interview with him scheduled for this Saturday. “Bill O’Reilly called me yesterday, and although complimentary toward me personally—regarding me as a straight shooter and so on and so forth—[he] said that because of his history with [CNN] he just wasn’t comfortable in coming on, at least not at this time,” Smerconish said on his Sirius XM radio show. “There’s a lot of ground that I would have liked to have covered with him,” he continued, “but that’s not going to happen—at least, not now.” Deadline speculated that the cancellation had something to do with CNN’s coverage of O’Reilly’s appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, in which the network noted the peculiarity of allowing the ex-host, fired over multiple sexual-harassment allegations, back on their air.