Stephen Colbert, whose past alter ego, "Stephen Colbert," was based on Bill O'Reilly, is now desperate to find out what the ousted Fox News host will do next.
On Thursday's Late Show, Colbert used O'Reilly's 1998 novel, Those Who Trespass, as a clue.
The novel's main character, Colbert details, is a "brash TV journalist" who is fired from his job at a news network. Colbert was uneasy about how O'Reilly had described the character's feelings after leaving his post - a situation now mirroring real life.
The novel's description reads as such: "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 who had humiliated him."
Colbert, after reading it aloud, balked at that and, with a scared look to the camera, pleaded with the former Fox News host: "Bill ... buddy?"
Colbert also pointed out that the book was dedicated to "the women in my life," to which Colbert joked, "or, as they're affectionately known, 'the plaintiffs.' "
During his monologue, Colbert also told the audience he's "still reeling from the loss of Bill O'Reilly. ... I think I'm reeling; this is reeling, right?" he asked as he danced and spun around.
Colbert, along with several other late-night hosts, bid a fond farewell to O'Reilly after the pundit's exit on Wednesday. Colbert had some help from his alter-ego character, who defended the former Fox News host: "What? Suddenly sexual harassment's a crime? Well that's the country we live in now. Obama's Trump's America."