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The enmity between Stephen Colbert and Bill O’Reilly is barely concealed, so it’s little wonder that the Late Night host tore into the former Fox News personality on Monday night over a New York Times report that O’Reilly had paid out $32 million to settle a sexual harassment case.
“We’re in, sadly, the midst of a flurry of sexual harassment and assault allegations against some pretty big names in showbiz. Producers like Harvey Weinstein, directors like James Toback, even former reality show hosts,” Colbert said at the beginning of the segment as pictures of the men, including President Donald Trump, flashed on the screen before turning his sights onto O’Reilly.
“And of course, former Fox News pundit and scrotum who wished to be a real boy, Bill O’Reilly.”
Colbert then excoriated O’Reilly for paying out tens of millions to settle multiple claims of sexual harassment during the pundit’s time working at Fox News, adding that it was “exactly the sort of thing you do when you’re innocent.”
The Late Show host marveled at the fact that after the $32 million settlement, Fox News still rewarded O’Reilly with a $25 million per year contract. “What did Bill O’Reilly do to Bill O’Reilly?” Colbert wondered.
“It’s shocking that Fox News knew about all these sexual harassment settlements and kept him employed for so long. But maybe they were just trying to protect their female employees. Because if Bill’s on camera, that’s one hour a day they knew he’s not groping somebody.”
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