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Colbert’s Farewell to ‘Papa Bear’
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!”
O’Reilly Runs the Gantlet
The other hosts were just as eager to take on the fallen Fox host.
“Let’s give Bill his proper due, because you may not know this, but Bill O’Reilly was the biggest figure in the history of cable news. At one point, no one even came close. Because they were afraid that he might sexually harass them.” — TREVOR NOAH
“Earlier today O’Reilly actually met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Yeah. When he saw O’Reilly going to confession, the next guy in line said, ‘You know what, I’ll come back tomorrow.’” — JIMMY FALLON
“Bill O’Reilly has been fired from Fox News after being accused of sexually harassing up to 12 women. Apparently O’Reilly violated Fox’s strict 11-women limit.” — CONAN O’BRIEN
“In addition to being cable’s top-rated host, O’Reilly’s written a number of best-selling books — including ‘Killing Lincoln,’ ‘Killing Reagan’ and ‘Killing Kennedy.’ And I really look forward to his next book, ‘Killing Time at Home.’” — JAMES CORDEN
Just Another Enthusiastic Supporter
Jimmy Kimmel highlighted the news that President Trump had raised more funds for his inauguration than any of his predecessors.
“He raised the money through donations from companies and wealthy individuals, including $5 million from billionaire Sheldon Adelson and $4 million from someone who just goes by initials — this is interesting. ‘K.G.B.’ I don’t know who it is.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
The Punchiest Punchlines (Wasted Hours Edition)
“A new report just came out that says the U.S. border wall could cost three times as much as previously estimated. Yeah, however, Trump says he’ll keep costs down with his secret business trick called ‘not payin’ for stuff.’” — CONAN O’BRIEN
“A recent security purge by Facebook has unintentionally gotten rid of millions of likes. Millions of likes are just gone! Just think, all those wasted hours, wasted.” — CONAN O’BRIEN
“President Trump gave a speech in Wisconsin yesterday. He actually spoke in front of a giant flag made out of wrenches. When he heard he’d be speaking in front of a bunch of tools, he said, ‘My cabinet’s going to be there?’” — JIMMY FALLON
The Bits Worth Watching
James Corden and Kevin James are two fathers who march to a very competitive drum.
No one has suffered more during Jimmy Fallon’s recurring gross-out sketch “Guess the Secret Ingredient” than Anthony Bourdain did on Wednesday.
What We’re Excited About on Thursday Night
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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