Steven Colbert resurrects alter-ego to say goodbye to Bill O’Reilly on ‘The Late Show’ [WATCH]

On Wednesday’s edition of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert resurrected the political pundit that he played on “The Colbert Report” to bid farewell to fellow conservative Bill O’Reilly who was axed from Fox News earlier that day (watch above).

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Colbert kicked off the show as himself, delivering a blistering monologue that catalogued the sexual harassment allegations against O’Reilly. He acknowledged that, “like him or not, a lot of people watched him; he had the #1 cable news show for 15 years.” And he reflected that O’Reilly’s removal was akin to “looking at your front yard and the big oak tree is just gone” before making merry.

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As Colbert explained, “I spent over nine years playing a character based largely on him and then 12 months in therapy to de-bloviate myself.” He then introduced a clip in which that alter-ego weighed in on the departure. “Hello nation, and shame on you. You failed him. You failed Bill O’Reilly. All he ever did was have your back and, if you’re a woman, you know, have a go at the front too.” This version of Steven Colbert signed off with his signature phrase, “Stay strong, Papa Bear,” before breaking down in tears.

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