Stephen Colbert Revives Alter-Ego to Bid Farewell to Bill O’Reilly

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Stephen ColbertThe Late Show” host isn’t too torn up about Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News. Stephen Colbert “The Colbert Report” host, on the other hand… that’s a different story.

Colbert opened his show on Wednesday night by cracking a few jokes about O’Reilly, calling him a “a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage.”

“It’s not that big of a surprise, I guess,” he said. “We all saw this coming at us, like an old man cornering an intern in the breakroom.”


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But, as Colbert went on to note, he owes a thing or two to O’Reilly. After all, his over-the-top conservative alter-ego on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” was based largely on the Fox News giant. So, with that in mind, Colbert brought back his ultra-Republican character to bid O’Reilly adieu.

“Hello, nation,” Colbert began. “Shame on you. You failed him. You failed Bill O’Reilly. You didn’t deserve this great man. All he ever did was have your back. And if you’re a woman, you know, have a go at the front, too.”

“And so what? Suddenly, sexual harassment’s a crime? That’s the country we live in now: Obama’s Trump’s America,” he went on. “I guess I always knew this day would come. When I first saw Bill on TV, I knew in my heart that no one could possibly sustain such a broad character for that long.”

O’Reilly, however, is likely to have plenty of options after his firing. One of them? To join Colbert and O’Reilly’s longtime on-air nemesis, Jon Stewart, in their mountain cabin. “Jon and I milk the goats, and soon, I hope we’ll be milking you.”

Colbert concluded by telling O’Reilly, “Stay strong, Papa Bear.” That’s before, of course, he cried out in disbelief and hurried off the camera.

Watch the clip below.

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  1. Brad Halm says:

    Stephen Colbert is losing fans faster than the Clinton’s. That should scare the crew. They all know he has lost more than half of his audience. That’s what happens when you put down your audience every night. Wonder who will fill his shoes?

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Putting down his own audience is:

      1] Just being honest… If you watch him, you probably don’t even get you’re being insulted.
      2] Evening things out since all the network’s ads for his show end by calling it “the smart choice” (when there is no such thing starting at that time).

  2. Joe Knight says:

    Our family will miss Bill O Reilly.
    Daily dinnertime ritual….his private life does not affect us. It’s his personal business & we don’t care what he does.
    The Public does not own these people.
    We just like his TVpersonality and will miss him.. His private life is his….God Bless him and his family and damn the detractors trying to destroy him.

  3. Choo says:

    Colbert is soooooo lame.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Right, which is why Stephen’s work makes sense, as this is something they have in common. Others include:

      1] Assaulting large groups of others (Bill to women, Stephen to anyone whose remote or TV won’t change the channel).

      2] Hopefully, they will share their permanent termination from a show with a title including their surname.

  4. Lex says:

    I’m sick of these circle-jerk celebrities. The terrible cable news shows. The conservatives are more popular because they have a narrative or their less annoying. You look at the problems the country has and you don’t see any of it presented on these shows. These are six + figure making talking heads who try to talk down to us. We really should just stop watching.

  5. tjchurch2001 says:

    Someone needs to fix this headline… He didn’t revive his alter-ego, as it never existed. “The Colbert Report” got its name (whatever parts of it anyone pronounced or didn’t) b/c of the host’s name. Also, regardless of his earlier time on cable, much like Letterman, the Stephen on the “Late Show” is the only one any viewers know to exist.

    If any of that first paragraph is incorrect, what stops Bill O’Reilly from being able to come back from his self-imposed “vacation” (probably at some “Club Sex Ed” resort) & claim those events being discussed that led to his firing were someone different than he is on-camera or however-many years later?!

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