Samantha Bee’s response to Bill O’Reilly’s statement about being let go from Fox News can be expressed in four letters: FTFY. In a tweet, the Comedy Central host promptly fixed up Bill O’Reilly’s statement that went out a few hours after the conservative talk show host was fired from his Fox News show.
With just a few quick changes Bee took O’Reilly’s five dry sentences to the next level.
For example, instead of the show entertaining “millions of Americans,” Bee corrects it to say O’Reilly only entertained “dads.” Truth. “Informed” becomes “lied to,” and the most notable change: “It is tremendously disheartening
that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims to finally get in trouble for being a sexual predator.”
Here’s the original statement in its pure form:
Bee isn’t the only one making jokes about O’Reilly’s downfall. The entire internet chimed in about the development with the same joke, which all came only a few short weeks after a series of sexual harassment claims, revelations about $13 million in harassment settlements, and tons of fleeing advertisers.
The internet was all about Bee’s quick edit.
@FullFrontalSamB It is the quotes around “news” that really brings this to the level of utter perfection, lol. Well done. 😉
— squirrelbite (@squirrelbite) April 20, 2017
Dads and those close to them, however, took issue with being lumped in with O’Reilly fans.
Fox News, for its part, is in the midst of some editing too — it’s eliminating all things O’Reilly from prime time.
As Bee pointed out with her tweet, it’s going to take a lot more scrubbing to clean up this mess.