03/13/2015 09:25 am ET Updated Mar 13, 2015

Fox News Hires 'The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden' As Contributor

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Fox News has hired the former U.S. Navy SEAL who was the face of the network's 2014 special event, “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden.”

Rob O’Neill, 38, claims to have fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden in the 2011 raid in Pakistan. The ex-Navy SEAL sniper has been deployed more than twelve times, completing 400 combat missions, reportedly killing more than 30 enemy combatants.

“Rob O’Neill is an American hero who dedicated his life to serving our country and protecting our freedoms," Fox News Channel chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a press release. "It’s incredibly rare to have someone in a television contributor role with his leadership experience and expertise at the fighting unit level. His military insight will be a major asset to the network and we are honored to have him."

O’Neill's decision to reveal himself and speak out about the mission drew strong criticism from other service members and veterans who believed he may have broken silence for monetary gain.

According to Fox News, O'Neill will "offer military expertise and analysis" for both daytime and primetime programs.