On Thursday night’s “The Late Show,” host Stephen Colbert continued to rip into Bill O’Reilly, who was dropped by Fox News following sexual-harassment accusations against the conservative host. O’Reilly could get a payout from the cable news network of $25 million.
“If you do the math, that is twice as much as they paid his accusers,” Colbert said.
To get an idea of what O’Reilly will do next with his career, Colbert turned to O’Reilly’s 1998 novel, “Those Who Trespass,” which has some troubling signs. Colbert pointed out that the book is dedicated to “the women in my life,” and that “the main character of this novel is a brash TV journalist named Shannon Michaels, who is fired from his network news job.”
Well, that sounds familiar. Colbert then read from a section after the character is fired that Colbert thinks offers a scary suggestion about O’Reilly’s future:
“His career was the source of his feelings of omnipotence and grandiosity. His job gave him daily ego gratification and excitement. It reinforced his opinion that he was a very special human being. He got the attention he craved, the admiration of thousands. Being on TV was like a drug a drug to him, and when it was taken away from him he had to find a substitute drug: planning and carrying out the executions of those people who had humiliated him.”
Colbert emphasized that he and his team did not make those words up. And then he tried to convince Bill O’Reilly that he never humilated the Fox News host, because the “Stephen Colbert” character on “The Colbert Report,” he claimed, was actually played by Steve Carell, who is “long overdue for an Oscar on that one.”
You can watch the segment below: