“I owe a lot to Bill O’Reilly,” Colbert said Wednesday night. “I spent over nine years playing a character based largely on him ― and then 12 months in therapy to de-bloviate myself.”
Colbert cited the Fox News statement, which said that “by ratings standards,” O’Reilly was “one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news.”
The audience booed, but Colbert cut them off.
“No, no, no. By ratings standards, he is,” Colbert said. “By moral standards, he was a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage.”
Then Colbert brought back the “other” Stephen Colbert, the one based on O’Reilly, to give “Papa Bear” a fond farewell:
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