It seemed like the most interesting booking CNN would have in decades: In August, former Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly told CNN weekend host Michael Smerconish he’d make an appearance on his program, marking the first time O’Reilly would ever appear on the cable-news network with which he competed for 20 years.
Now, O’Reilly has backed away from the idea.
Speaking on his program on Sirius XM radio show, Smerconish told listeners O’Reilly had told him he would not follow through on the concept, citing “history” with the Time Warner-owned outlet. “Needless to say there’s a lot of ground that I would have liked to have covered with him,” Smerconish said Thursday morning. “But that’s not going to happen, at least not now.”
O’Reilly has been on a tour to promote his new book “Killing England,” which was published this month by Henry Holt. He has made recent and notable appearances on both NBC’s “Today” and Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.”
O’Reilly originally said he would come on Smerconish’s CNN program readily. “”I’m going to do your program in September, after the book comes out,” O’Reilly said on his streaming-video program that runs on his own website. “I’ll see you on CNN in September.”