Stephen Colbert may have based his Colbert Report character on Bill O'Reilly, but the admiration isn't mutual.
O'Reilly takes himself seriously and publicly scoffs at Comedy Central's political team, but that hasn't prevented him from debating The Daily Show's Jon Stewart or appear alongside MSNBC's Chris Matthews on the Night of Too Many Stars, which raised money for Autism charities.
'I did the Autism thing because it’s a good charity,' he told the Hollywood Reporter. 'I did the Rumble thing because we raised almost $1 million for charity, and I was pleased to do it. I like Stewart, we get along well, and everybody wins.'
But conservatives have been bracing this week with the loss of the so-called Mittmentum, and with members of their own party drawing heavy criticism and press scrutiny for their views on abortion and rape.
First up was Indiana GOP candidate for Senate, Richard Mourdock, who announced that pregnancy due to rape was 'God's will,' O'Reilly said he isn't convinced of the controversy's long-term impact among voters, women in particular.
'You know, it’s his opinion, that’s what he believes,' he said. 'I don’t think it has any influence other than the people of Indiana voting for him or not.'
When asked about the wildly criticized 'shuck and jive' Facebook post written by Sarah Palin, and Ann Coulter's calling President Obama a 'retard' on Twitter, O'Reilly had little interest in the online drama - or partisan politics.
'I have no idea, I don’t follow Facebook, I don’t do any of that,' he protested. 'I’m not an ideologue, I don’t know what the conservatives or liberals are doing.'
O'Reilly was attending a private screening of the new Stephen Speilberg biopic of the life of President Abraham Lincoln. Asked where he thought Lincoln ranked amongst the greatest presidents of all time, he answered immediately. 'The best. No doubt about it,' he said. 'Helped keep the union together. He had the worst hand dealt to him.'
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