Stephen Colbert, More Late-Night Hosts Mock Bill O'Reilly After His Fox News Exit
The 'Late Show' host even brought in his conservative alter-ego, largely based on O'Reilly, to eulogize the Fox News personality.
Late-night hosts and comedians were quick to pack on the jokes about Bill O'Reilly's exit from Fox News on Wednesday following his sexual harassment controversy and subsequent advertiser exodus from his 8 p.m. show.
Fox News confirmed the news earlier in the day that the longtime O'Reilly Factor host would be parting ways with the network. The news came after an investigation was initiated because of resurfaced claims that women were paid $13 million by the network and O'Reilly to keep quiet about sexual harassment and verbal abuse claims.
“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel," a statement read.
O'Reilly issued a statement responding to his dismissal later in the day, calling the harassment allegations "completely unfounded."
Late-night hosts, many of whom have been poking fun at the Fox News host since the allegations surfaced, took the opportunity Wednesday to share their thoughts on the recently ousted Fox News host.
Over on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert recounted his years-long history with O'Reilly, whom he later called "a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage."
"I take no pleasure in his downfall," said Colbert. "I'm not going to sit here and publicly gloat." He then asked for the camera to be taken off of him and a massive cheer went up from the audience. "It's not that big of a surprise, we all saw this coming," the Late Show host continued. "Like an old man cornering an intern in the break room."
He also called in his conservative alter-ego, who invited O'Reilly to stay in his mountain cabin with him and Jon Stewart. "I owe a lot to Bill O'Reilly — I spent over nine years playing a character based largely on him," said Colbert, bringing in the Fox News personality's "biggest fan."
His alter-ego defended O'Reilly, saying, "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? Well that's the country we live in now. Obama's Trump's America."
The Daily Show's Trevor Noah posted a video to Twitter parodying O'Reilly's infamous "We'll do it live!" outburst from years ago.
After "stumbling" on the script, Noah started again. "Tonight, on The Daily Show: Fox News ends its rel— I can't do it. We'll do it live! F— it we'll do it live!" He yelled before storming off the set.
Noah also ran through a highlight reel of O'Reilly's "best" moments, including a story the former Fox News host told of eating dinner in Harlem with Al Sharpton that was "like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb."
"This is so racist that I can't even be mad about it," said Noah. "In Bill O'Reilly's mind, going into a black restaurant was going to be like going into the middle of the Rodney King riots."
The Late Late Show's James Corden joked about O'Reilly's exit during his monologue, addressing Fox News' "very strict 28 strikes-and-you're-out policy."
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal was on hiatus for the week, but the show still managed one last farewell to O'Reilly using its Twitter account, before editing O'Reilly's statement a bit, including adding quotation marks around the word "news" when he references his "news program."
Fixed. pic.twitter.com/pKUHKzJ3Vz— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) April 19, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel joked about O'Reilly's ouster, saying that while the host was on vacation, "Fox News decided to extend his vacation to forever." He even introduced the replacement show, The Guillerm O'Factor.
Jimmy Fallon said experts don't think it's likely "any self-respecting network" would hire O'Reilly following his Fox ousting. "Then CNN said 'Welcome aboard,'" joked Fallon.
He brought up O'Reilly's visit to Pope Francis at the Vatican. "When he saw O'Reilly go into confession, the next guy said, 'You know what — I'll come back tomorrow,'" laughed Fallon.