After news surfaced that Bill O’Reilly and Fox News settled multiple sexual harassment cases during his time as host on the cable news network, Fox has officially fired O’Reilly from his popular program. On Wednesday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert bid farewell to the man who inspired his ‘Colbert Report’ persona.
“By ratings standards, Bill O’Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news,” Colbert said. “By ratings standards, he is. By moral standards, he was a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage.”
But Colbert admitted he owed O’Reilly a great deal since he parodied the man for nine years on his Comedy Central show. In order to give O’Reilly a proper send-off, Colbert brought back his persona to do the bidding.
“Hello, Nation, and shame on you,” said the character ‘Colbert.’ “You failed Bill O’Reilly. You didn’t deserve him. All he ever did was have your back. And if you’re a woman, you know, have a go at the front, too.”
“And what? Suddenly sexual harassment’s a crime? But that’s the country we live in now. Obama’s Trump’s America.”