TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Bill O’Reilly Is Thinking About Retirement: “I Don’t Like Being Famous;” Combating “Evil” Has Taken Its Toll

oreillytarget.jpg“The embattled life” of Bill O’Reilly “has become an increasingly strange and scary one,” Verne Gay says in a fascinating Newsday cover story today.

“Gauging the animus against O’Reilly has always been a rough art, but by his own estimation ‘it’s gotten worse. Now it’s so bad that I spend an enormous amount of money protecting myself against evil.’”

That’s why, when the king of cable news is asked about the future after his current contract ends a little more than two years from now, he blurts out the word “retirement.”

He is working on a book, “Culture Warrior,” but says it’ll be his last. He has ruled out a political future. “He insists that he finally sees the road ahead, and it probably leads out of Fox News headquarters and away from the scorching spotlight — forever.”

“I don’t need to do the show anymore [and] I’m as famous as I need to be. I don’t like being famous,” he says.

Why not?

“You have to worry about who’s looking at you — are they taking your picture? Did you curse at this guy? If you nudge somebody’s bumper, are they going to sue you for $80 million?” More…

Mediabistro Course

Social Media Strategy Boot Camp

Social Media Strategy Boot CampStarting November 10, build a complete social media strategy for your brand! Through a series of weeklong webcasts, marketing and social media experts will teach you how to integrate social media into your overall marketing strategy, understand key metrics and analytics, and master the emerging trends in social. Register now!