“I owe a lot to Bill O’Reilly,” Colbert said Wednesday night. “I spent over nine years playing a character based largely on him ― and then 12 months in therapy to de-bloviate myself.”
The audience booed, but Colbert cut them off.
“No, no, no. By ratings standards, he is,” Colbert said. “By moral standards, he was a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage.”
Then Colbert brought back the “other” Stephen Colbert, the one based on O’Reilly, to give “Papa Bear” a fond farewell: