Most of Fox News’ coverage of Jon Stewart stepping down from “The Daily Show” has taken a tone of detached appreciation, even if the comedian consistently singled out the channel as a “propaganda delivery system.”
But on the panel show “The Five” on Wednesday, co-host Eric Bolling refused to join his colleagues in praising the Comedy Central star.
“Can I just point out what he does?” Bolling began. “Yes, he’s funny, he’s witty, he has the backing of the adoring left and all that.”
“But one of the things that he does, and I’m not sure people really understand, most of the stuff that he does on that show, he attacks people who are on-air live when they say something,” he said.
“He’ll take the sound bite, he’ll go in the back and they will say let’s research this, see what we can find,” he continued. “They’ll literally have a team of people tearing apart live sound, people for making comments.”
“You know that’s happened to you, right?” co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said with a laugh.
“But it’s also shooting fish in a barrel,” Bolling said. “Jon, try and do your show live one time, my man. Then let’s see what kind of comedic genius you are!”
“You’re gonna make it [on ‘The Daily Show’] again,” Guilfoyle teased.
Bolling was not amused. “I’m not trying to make it!”
Co-host Greg Gutfeld stuck up for Stewart against his co-host.
“If he’s shooting fish in a barrel, we don’t always have to provide the fish,” he said, laughing. “And we provide a lot of fish.”
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