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Stephen Colbert and Bill O’Reilly continued the friendly phase of their relationship Monday, which is almost as entertaining as the mockery phase that lasted throughout Colbert’s run on Comedy Central.

They discussed the upcoming presidential candidates debate, naturally, which will be moderated by O’Reilly’s Fox News colleague, Chris Wallace. O’Reilly informed Colbert that Wallace “won’t brook any nonsense,” and Colbert loved O’Reilly’s use of the secondary definition of “brook.”

After the vocabulary lesson, the pals talked about the smartest strategy for Trump:

O’REILLY: Stop whining. Stop that, all right? And say, “Look, I got three things I want to say to you tonight. Bang, bang, bang, and this is why I’m gonna —”

COLBERT: “It’s rigged, it’s rigged, it’s rigged.”

O’REILLY: Okay. That’s whining.


O’REILLY: He should have a little buzzer, you know, that whenever he whines, they like baaat. You know, stop. Stop.

COLBERT: Or like one of those — one of those shock collars you get for a dog.

Much of Trump’s “whining” about the election being “rigged” has centered on the media lately.

O’Reilly’s contention that Trump should “stop it” is interesting, given that the “O’Reilly Factor” host seemed to buy into Trump’s complaint last week. O’Reilly claimed that “at least three” news outlets “have ordered their employees to destroy Trump,” though he did not say which ones.

It is unclear whether O’Reilly has concluded that there is not a grand, anti-Trump conspiracy in the media after all, or whether he simply believes that complaining about such a conspiracy would be a bad look in Wednesday’s debate.

Either way, telling Trump to knock it off is asking a lot. Trump would have to change his mind about the existence of a conspiracy, or restrain himself from talking about the conspiracy for 90 full minutes. O’Reilly and Trump may be milkshake buddies, but even the man Colbert used to call “Papa Bear” can’t control The Donald.

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