On Thursday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert uncovered an eerie passage from Bill O’Reilly’s 1998 book Those Who Trespass. Fox News fired O’Reilly Wednesday after news surfaced that the network had settled numerous sexual assault claims made against the host.
“But remember, Bill still has his books, he still has his rage, and his Fox News payout worth a reported $25 million,” Colbert said. “If you do the math, that is twice as much as they paid his accusers—Oh my god, you know what that means? Bill O’Reilly sexually harassed himself!”
In order to figure out what O’Reilly plans to do next, Colbert looked at his 1998 novel about a TV journalist who is unceremoniously fired. In the book, in order to cope with his dismissal, the journalist begins “planning and carrying out the executions of those people who had humiliated him.”
Suddenly, Colbert becomes Bill O’Reilly’s best friend, cooing “Hello, handsome,” and offering to throw Steve Carell under the bus in his place. Watch the clip for more.