Fox News Host: Stephen Colbert Owes His Success To Us

AP

One of the hosts of the Fox News show “The Five” said on Friday night that comedian Stephen Colbert owes his success to conservative news network.

The other four co-hosts of the Fox News show heaped a surprising amount of praise on Colbert after the comedian bid adieu to his acclaimed Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report” on Thursday night with a star-packed musical spectacle.

But as the website Mediaite pointed out, co-host Greg Gutfeld used the moment to take a sly shot at Colbert, whose fake conservative newsman persona has been modeled after some of the overstuffed personalities at Fox.

“He should write an eight-figure check to Fox News,” Gutfeld said, “because all of our gaffes made that man’s career.”

Colbert is planning to ditch his conservative shtick when he takes over as host of “The Late Show” on CBS next year.

Watch video of Gutfeld’s remarks over at Mediaite.

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