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This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
O'Reilly continues to pile on the hats.
At 63, cable news' highest-rated host -- with an average of 2.8 million viewers -- has parlayed his prolific writing career (his books total 13 to date) into a Hollywood adaptation career. Killing Lincoln, the first of three TV movie adaptations of his fictionalized history books optioned by National Geographic Channel, debuted to a record-breaking 3.4 million viewers in February.
"I decided after writing nine consecutive nonfiction books, all contemporary, that I had really said what I wanted to say," explains the Fox News personality, who will see a September release of his Killing Jesus.
It's not just his career moves that surprise. The noted conservative recently implied that he has softened his views on gay marriage during a Proposition 8 discussion on Fox colleague Megyn Kelly's America Live, even while The O'Reilly Factor remains TV's go-to destination for right-leaning politicos.
"It's an interesting phenomenon," says O'Reilly. "The loyalty factor really is sustaining Fox News through this transitory time."
WHAT HE LIKES ABOUT TV MOVIES: "The B.S. component is very small. We get a good screenplay, we shoot it, and we put it on."