Stephen Colbert on His ‘Horrible’ First Six Months at ‘The Late Present’


On Tuesday, Jay Leno stated on the “At the moment” present that he doesn’t miss being a late night time host as a result of “everybody has to know your politics.”

At his Paleyfest deep dive into being a late night time host on Saturday, which was moderated by Pete Holmes, Stephen Colbert stated he agrees with Leno that right this moment’s late night time hosts should put on their political colours on their sleeves, however revealed that he doesn’t have an issue with it.

“It was a distinct time when (Leno) was internet hosting. Now there’s one topic, so individuals can see your politics extra, however I’m superb with that,” Colbert stated. “I don’t suppose there’s something fallacious with it, I don’t suppose there’s something fallacious with saying what this particular person is doing to households and the nation is horrible.”

When requested what he feels the purpose of “The Late Present” is, Colbert stated his essential objective is to make individuals throughout the nation “really feel like they’re not alone.” Nevertheless, he additionally later mentioned the much-documented points he had to find the id and tone for his speak present.

At first, Colbert went for a heavy, political tone, earlier than veering away from that in the direction of a extra light-hearted ethos, however “neither strategy felt fairly proper.” The lightbulb second, Colbert stated, was when a producer got here as much as him and requested, “why don’t you simply do what you’re actually good at, which is speaking about what occurred right this moment?”

“My largest worry was that individuals wouldn’t come again and see, they wouldn’t see that I had lastly discovered what I needed the present to be,” Colbert stated. “These first six months felt horrible since you’re having to reinvent a brand new option to do the present, I had by no means my complete life accomplished something as myself, I had all the time accomplished one thing in character, I used to be an actor. It was the primary time I needed to be me, I didn’t know if I may do this, so I needed to study to do one thing I’d by no means accomplished earlier than with a digicam in entrance of me, on reside tv, in entrance of an enormous viewers.”

Colbert’s dialog with Holmes additionally included a beneficiant dose of President Trump-bashing, with the host calling him “a scrumptious fool,” and as soon as once more reiterating the proof that the President stole a few of his strains from “The Colbert Report.”

In reflecting on his “Colbert Report” days, Colbert expressed amazement that a number of the opinions and beliefs his conservative character espoused are actually “coming from the mouths” of individuals in energy.

“I’m the factor I used to be parodying: a white, straight, Christian, male American, a man who perceives that as American impartial, a man who says, ‘Why do all these different individuals want all these particular rights? Why can’t they only all be white?’ And that’s an precise political place now,” Colbert concluded with incredulity.

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