Fox’s Bill O’Reilly Calls Jon Stewart ‘Standard Bearer,’ Says Resignation a Loss for Left

“He’s funny. And they don’t have funny liberals,” O’Reilly jokes about “The Daily Show” host

Last Updated: February 11, 2015 @ 8:15 PM

Conservative Fox News host Bill O’Reilly reached across the airwaves and the aisle as he chimed in on Jon Stewart‘s exit from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

“He is the standard bearer on television for the liberal point of view,” the Fox anchor said on “The O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday night. “He’s funny. And they don’t have funny liberals. Comedy Central has some talent over there, but that’s it. There’s not a lot of yuks going on at MSNBC.”

O’Reilly reserved a few moments at the end of his show to discuss his “pal” Stewart’s announcement that he’ll be vacating the Comedy Central anchor chair.

On Stewart’s future, O’Reilly said, “I think that’s where Mr. Stewart wants to go — into the Hollywood arena,” comparing  the comedian’s 2014 directorial debut “Rosewater” to the current box office juggernaut “American Sniper.”

The segment contained a bit of ribbing: In analyzing “The Daily Show’s” demographics, O’Reilly deduced a majority of his audience didn’t understand Stewart’s native tongue.

“What people don’t know about Stewart’s demographics is, according to ‘The Factor’ research, 72% of his audience did not understand English. So they don’t know what he’s saying, they just like his suits,” he said.

O’Reilly also had kind words for the liberal comedian.

“We wish Stewart well. I’ll track him down in a few weeks no matter where he is. We’re coming for you…  but, the left, they’re losing a big thing,” O’Reilly concluded.

Stewart and O’Reilly have both been guests on each other’s programs, and have occasionally appeared at political symposiums together.

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