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Faces & Names: O’Reilly takes his Colbert complaints to ‘The View’

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Bill O’Reilly criticized Stephen Colbert on “The O’Reilly Factor” earlier this week and continued his campaign against David Letterman’s “Late Show” replacement during an appearance on “The View” on Wednesday.

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“He’s more than a comedian. He’s a mouthpiece for the far left,” O’Reilly said. “I have a pretty good relationship with Jon Stewart … but Stewart’s a different animal. Stewart will make fun of everybody. He sees things that are absurd on both sides. Not Colbert. He’s a very committed leftist.”

Colbert is very committed to his faux conservative personality on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” and — as Barbara Walters pointed out — has said it is based on O’Reilly.

The Fox News opinion host clearly doesn’t appreciate the shtick, and doesn’t think “40 percent of Americans who describe themselves as conservative” do either. Even though Colbert has made it clear he will not be hosting “The Late Show” in character, O’Reilly said he thinks it still will be tough for the comedian to connect with CBS’ audience.

“Colbert’s gonna have to come out of his little persona where he snipes and makes these little snarky remarks, and he’s got to be broader. That’s not going to be easy for him to do,” O’Reilly said. “Will conservatives give him a chance? I think they’ll sample. Why wouldn’t you do it out of curiosity? But he’s got to be funnier than the two other guys.”

The two other guys he’s referring to are Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.

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