In 1998, the now-unemployed talk show host wrote a novel titled “Those Who Trespass,” which was actually dedicated at the time by O’Reilly to “the women in my life.”
“Or as they’re affectionately known, ‘The Plaintiffs,'” the “Late Show” host quipped on Thursday.
Colbert goes on to describe the book’s main character, Shannon Michaels, as a “brash TV journalist … who is fired from his network news job.”
And here’s the (real) passage that has the former “Colbert Report” host fearing for his life:
“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 that had humiliated him.”
That pretty much describes Colbert’s entire 11-season run on Comedy Central.
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