Mr. Colbert called the ousted Fox News commentator a “self-righteous landfill.” Then he got into his conservative pundit character and mourned.
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Stephen Colbert, who spent nine years lampooning Bill O’Reilly on “The Colbert Report,” said he wasn’t going to gloat on the air about Mr. O’Reilly’s ouster at Fox News over allegations of sexual harassment. So he had the “Late Show” camera pan away for a solid 20 seconds.
Mr. Colbert played a news clip mentioning that Mr. O’Reilly was, by ratings standards, the most accomplished TV host. “By moral standards, he was a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage,” Mr. Colbert added.
But then he offered a much warmer tribute — from his conservative “Colbert Report” persona, who has always referred to Mr. O’Reilly as “Papa Bear.” That Colbert told viewers, “You didn’t deserve this great man!”
The other hosts were just as eager to take on the fallen Fox host.
Jimmy Kimmel highlighted the news that President Trump had raised more funds for his inauguration than any of his predecessors.
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We’re excited about the debut next week of late night’s latest offering: Anthony Atamanuik’s “The President Show.” Mr. Atamanuik, a Trump impersonator and comedian, will speak to Mr. Colbert on “The Late Show” on Thursday night.
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