On Thursday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert did a bit of digging into Bill O’Reilly’s past following news that the television host is out at Fox News. Naturally, Colbert turned to O’Reilly’s 1998 novel Those Who Trespass — as did the New Yorker, earlier that day —for insight:
“It’s a novel, and the main character is a brash TV journalist named Shannon Michaels who is fired from his network news job and in this actual section O’Reilly explains how he handles it:
‘His career was the source of his feelings of omnipotence and grandiosity. His TV job gave him daily ego gratification and excitement…it reinforced his opinion that he was a very special human being. He got the attention he craved, the admiration of thousands.
Being on TV was like a drug to him and when it was taken away from him, he had to find a substitute drug…Planning and carrying out the executions of those people who had humiliated him.'”
Hm, who does that sound like?
O’Reilly lost his job after the New York Timesrevealed that 21st Century Fox paid out about $13 million in settlements to women who say the television host sexually harassed them.