Colbert reverts to old character to mock O’Reilly (video)

As news broke about Bill O’Reilly being fired from Fox News on Wednesday, “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert revived his former persona on “The Colbert Report” to mock the man once again.

In his “Late Show” opening on Wednesday, Colbert said, “I owe a lot to Bill O’Reilly. I spent nine years playing a character based on him. Then 12 months in therapy to de-bloviate myself.”

Colbert brought back faux O’Reilly sympathizer “Stephen Colbert,” his “Colbert Report” character, to give a message to O’Reilly as he deals with sexual harassment allegations.

Speaking in character, Colbert said, “Shame on you. 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, had a go at the front, too.”

“Suddenly sexual harassment is a crime?” Colbert asked. “But, that’s the country we live in now: Obama’s Trump’s America… It’s not a surprise, we all saw this coming at us—like an old man at an intern in the break room.”

Colbert then went after President Trump, saying, “In case you’re a fan of sexual harassers who are on TV all the time—we still have Donald Trump.”

For the past 15 years, “The O’Reilly Factor” has been the top-rated cable news show. Tucker Carlson will now take O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. time slot.

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