Stephen Colbert‘s takedown of Bill O’Reilly‘s “Killing Jesus” is one of the most scathing and hilarious criticisms of the book yet. On “The Colbert Report,” Colbert “defended” his “mentor” by attempting to argue that O’Reilly was unfairly skewered by “60 Minutes.”
O’Reilly claims that the idea for “Killing Jesus” came to him in the middle of the night, and says on “60 Minutes” that “because I am a Catholic, that comes from the Holy Spirit.” “As a Catholic, Bill believes in the Trinity,” Colbert jokes. “In this case, the father, the son and the holy ghostwriter.”
“Bill knows he is simply God’s humble servant,” Colbert notes, showing a clip where O’Reilly denies being “the chosen one” but simply one of many given God’s “gifts.” “The Colbert Report” host goes on to mock O’Reilly by saying of critics, “You are mocking his Christian faith. This man is filled with the spirit of Christianity. Rule number one: no forgiveness, motherf***er. Jesus himself said, ‘You cross me, I cut a b****.'”
Colbert goes on to joke that God originally came to him with the idea for “Killing Jesus,” but he passed. He then claims he was the one who whispered the idea in O’Reilly’s ear at night. But the most scathing takedown of O’Reilly’s new book came from O’Reilly’s own mouth, when he started explaining in the “60 Minutes” interview why Jesus wouldn’t be able to speak on the cross. As Colbert notes, this is O’Reilly claiming that his book about God is more factually accurate than God’s book about God.