Bill O'Reilly, the allegedly handsomely paid-off former "King of Cable News," has spoken out about his ousting. O'Reilly was axed (reportedly to the tune of tens of millions of dollars) after it was revealed he and Fox News paid millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment allegations lobbed against him by a number of the network's female employees, prompting advertisers to pull out of the show. O'Reilly, meanwhile, says he is "sad" he is no longer on air.

Last night, the former "O’Reilly Factor" host released a 19-minute podcast on his personal website in which he addressed his departure from Fox News. “I am sad that I am not on television anymore," O'Reilly said. He added he was "very surprised how it all turned out," but "I can tell you that I’m very confident the truth will come out. And when it does — I don’t know if you’re going to be surprised, but I think you’re going to be shaken, as I am."

O'Reilly's 8 p.m. time slot has been taken by Tucker Carlson, whose new show "Tucker Carlson Tonight" premiered last night. Variety noted Carlson's new show featured Carlson's "characteristic, disingenuous smarm," and that Carlson did not address the allegations of sexual assault that ultimately led to O'Reilly's ousting, but instead "lionized" him: "I watched Bill O’Reilly at this hour for years and I always marveled at how well-prepared he was, how tough he was, and how crisply and directly he expressed his views. What O’Reilly did was not easy — he set a high bar — and I’m going to do my best to meet it. Thanks for sticking with us." Per Variety:

Carlson’s program then proceeded to follow a template of the exact same demonizing, disingenuous rhetoric that has characterized his style for years and Fox News’ strategy for decades. When O’Reilly was let go from the network, the Murdoch family stated that they were prioritizing a culture shift at the network, which has been rocked by ongoing sexual harassment and racial discrimination scandals. Carlson, who has said that Democrats “made up the concept of sexual harassment,” did not seem like the most promising replacement.

Meanwhile, yesterday former Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros launched a suit against the network, alleging senior executives spied on her and cyber-harassed her. The network denies the allegations.