Joy Behar

Ousted by Fox, Bill O'Reilly leaves a legacy of infuriating and influencing America and the news media

Ousted by Fox, Bill O'Reilly leaves a legacy of infuriating and influencing America and the news media

In a farewell segment to recently fired host Bill O’Reilly, “The Late Show’s” Stephen Colbert thanked the former Fox News star. He had, after all, inspired the “conservative gasbag” character that Colbert rode to fame on “The Colbert Report.”

“I owe a lot to Bill O’Reilly,” Colbert said Wednesday. “I spent over nine years playing a character based largely on him — and then 12 months in therapy, to de-bloviate myself.”

It was one of dozens of celebrity goodbyes (or good riddances) to O’Reilly on Wednesday, a man who ripped up and reshaped the modern media landscape over his 20-year reign at the Fox News Channel.

The blustery, argumentative “O’Reilly Factor” host led a...

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