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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:47PM EST
Stephen Colbert tops Jimmy Fallon in the key ratings demo
While The Late Show has been beating The Tonight Show in total viewers since the start of the Trump presidency, Colbert has trailed Fallon in the key 18-49 demo. But not anymore. Colbert has been edging out Fallon so far this season, averaging 658,000 demo viewers to Fallon's 656,000 to 657,000.
Posted Sunday 11/11/18 at 4:43AM EST
Stephen Colbert's children's book Whose Boat is This Boat? gets animated
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The book Colbert released in September to help Hurricane Florence victims has been transformed into the Late Show Holiday Spectacular.
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 2:22AM EST
Late-night TV's live election coverage was remarkably similar
Source: The Ringer
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah all went live on election night to react to the midterms, while Jimmy Fallon and James Corden opted to sit the night out since their shows are less politically oriented. "Across different networks, time slots, and sensibilities, the late-night hosts who covered the 2018 midterm election still seemed like they were working from an identical playbook," says Alison Herman. "To start, there were the self-aware jokes about how wrong things could go. Then, there were the gags: about stress drinking, about cable news conventions, about Ted Cruz. As the results solidified enough to offset fears of false confidence, there was cautious optimism. And finally, as the news slowed to a trickle, the broadcasts pivoted into just another episode of a regular talk show." ALSO: Late-night beat TV News as its own game on election night.
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 9:58AM EST
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog mocks Ted Cruz to his face while reporting for Stephen Colbert
Source: The Daily Beast
Since Conan O'Brien is on a late-night hiatus, he loaned Triumph to The Late Show to cover the Texas U.S. Senate battle between Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. While Triumph was easy on the Democrat candidate, he had quite a few barbs for Cruz, whom he "stalked" nearly three years ago when the U.S. senator was running for president. “Ted, is it true you will defend the Constitution at all costs except for when Donald Trump calls it ugly on Twitter?” Triumph said, referencing President Trump's tweet making fun of Cruz's wife's looks. “Let’s be civil here, OK, because this man—nobody should be yelling at this man in a public place,” Triumph added. “I mean, doesn’t this man have the right to sit down in a restaurant and enjoy a meal that five waiters have spit in?” Cruz responded by saying that it was the Democrats who took him to get fixed. Triumph shot back, “I support spaying and neutering, just like Trump did to you!”
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Cole Sprouse had a crush on Jennifer Aniston as a child star on Friends
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Riverdale star, who played Ross Geller's son Ben on Friends, tells Stephen Colbert: "I remember feeling so, so intimidated by my crush on her that I completely blanked and forgot every single one of my lines and she just stared at me and was waiting and one of the crewmembers, it was one of the cameramen — you guys know who you are — just goes, 'That little boy's got a crush!' Broke me."
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Stephen Colbert takes on Fox News' Chris Wallace
Source: The Daily Beast
The Late Show host caught the Fox News Sunday host in an immigration lie and took him to task for his defense of President Trump.
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 6:44AM EDT
Stephen Colbert slams Trump's response to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting -- and for promoting a lie that the president's Late Show interview was taken down
Source: The Daily Beast
On Monday night, President Trump retweeted a tweet claiming his entire 2015 interview with Colbert was removed from the internet, writing: "So revealing!" Colbert responded via Twitter. "I don't know why the president would take time on a National Day of Mourning to retweet something weird like this, but the original clips have always been online. 16 million views. Here they are," he tweeted, linking to the YouTube videos of their interview. During his Late Show monologue, Colbert called out the president for falsely saying that the New York Stock exchange was open the day after the Sept. 11 attacks while speaking at a rally on the same day of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Colbert also spoke seriously about Saturday's massacre. "It’s tragic, it’s sickening and our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the larger Jewish community,” Colbert said during his monologue. “More than that, I want to say, hate is not what America stands for and tonight all of us are with you.”
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 3:17PM EDT
Former Today executive producer Jim Bell formally named Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show showrunner
Bell, who is currently in charge (and will remain in charge) of NBC Olympics programming, will helm The Tonight Show, working with fellow executive producers Katie Hockmeyer and Gerard Bradford. His appointment was announced following longtime Fallon staffer Mike DiCenzo’s decision to exit Fallon's show after working with Fallon for the past 10 years, helping him launch his Late Night show. Bell's hiring mirrors CBS' decision to have CBS This Morning executive producer Chris Licht serve as showrunner of Stephen Colbert's Late Show. While Colbert has been beating Fallon in total viewers, The Tonight Show has been slightly edging out The Late Show in the key 18-49 demo. ALSO: NBC officials insist Bell's appointment won't mean Fallon will begin putting an emphasis on the news like Colbert.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Robin Wright to Stephen Colbert: We tried to get you on House of Cards
“You know, we wanted you on the show,” Wright teased on Friday's Late Show. “You would’ve been so great. I was thinking, wouldn’t it be great if you were to be the press secretary for Claire?” Colbert responded: “You wanted me on the show? Did I say no? I take it back if I said no, I say yes,”
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:36AM EDT
Stephen Colbert explains why he wants President Trump to run for reelection in 2020
Source: The Daily Beast
When MSNBC's Joe Scarborough predicted that Trump will drop out of the 2020 presidential race, the Late Show host explained in a serious tone that he'd rather have Trump running for a second term. “I’ll tell you why I don’t want it to happen, because I think it’s important that the voters of America have an opportunity to say, ‘Oops, my bad, we made a mistake there’ and correct themselves," Colbert said. "And if Donald Trump doesn’t run, he takes away that corrective action of history and therefore his presidency is whole and unjudged, if he just doesn’t run again.”
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
Alec Baldwin can barely conceal his disdain for Stephen Colbert
In a Hollywood Reporter profile, Baldwin doesn't explicitly say he hates The Late Show host, but he went into detail on how he couldn't stand Colbert asking him last year about a run-in with the paparazzi. “I thought to myself, ‘Oh no, oh no, let’s not get into psychoanalyzing me, because I don’t think you’re qualified,'” Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter. “And you’ve just reminded me, in the briefest way, why I didn’t do the show all these years.”
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Stephen Colbert writer apologizes for Brett Kavanaugh joke, prompting fellow female comedy writers to rally around her
The Late Show writer Ariel Dumas received a lot of criticism from right-wing Twitter users after sarcastically tweeting on Saturday, "Whatever happens, I'm just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh's life." Dumas deleted the tweet, and tweeted her regret on Sunday: "The last couple of weeks have been hard for the country and for me personally," she tweeted. "The complexity of frustration, anger and sadness can’t be accurately conveyed on twitter, and I regret my tone-deaf attempt at sarcasm in the wake of it." Dumas received support from fellow female late-night comedy writers, including Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Amber Ruffin and Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Bess Kalb. Meanwhile, Kathy Griffin also expressed her support, tweeting: "@ArielDumas, a comedy writer, being held to a higher standard than the President of the United State. Love you @ArielDumas, f*ck the haters."
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 1:42PM EDT
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's subtitles had trouble understanding Jodie Whittaker
The Doctor Who star's subtitles last night featured "glorious subtitle error."
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 1:23PM EDT
Stephen Colbert thanks CNN for reporting on suspended CBS executive Vinnie Favale: "It seemed like someone was protecting this guy"
Favale, who worked as Les Moonves' liaison to The Late Show (both the David Letterman and Stephen Colbert editions), was accused of making "sexual and homophobic" comments at Colbert's show. “About six months into this show, some of the employees said that they were uncomfortable with some of the things he said,” Colbert told his viewers last night. “We took their complaints to HR. They investigated. Twice. But I don’t really know what if anything happened. It seemed like someone was protecting this guy. I don’t know who it was.” Colbert was, of course, referring to the recently departed Moonves. “I’m grateful to CNN for writing this article because the press is not the enemy of the people," said Colbert. "This is why you want a free press. This is why you want investigative journalism. It’s to make sure that government and companies and people are accountable for their actions.”
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
CBS executive Vinnie Favale, who was Les Moonves' liaison to The Late Show, placed on leave for allegedly using sexual and homophobic language in the workplace
An anonymous female former CBS executive tells CNN of Favale's alleged comments, "I'll never forget the day he told me he got four erections while watching Jennifer Hudson rehearse" for Colbert's Late Show in December 2015. The unnamed woman says she felt she faced retaliation after reporting Favale's remark and other comments she deemed offensive. Favale is famous for his Howard Stern appearances and for his David Letterman cameos. As CBS’ longtime East Coast late-night executive, he oversaw The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and CBS' The Howard Stern Show, which aired on Saturdays from 1998 to 2001. Last year, Favale was promoted to CBS' senior vice president of talent development. CNN spoke with nine current and former CBS employees "These individuals described instances in Late Show meetings and rehearsals, between 2015 and 2018, where Favale used sexual innuendo, made homophobic comments and allegedly said derogatory remarks about the appearances of female guests," CNN reports. Favale, who was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday, said in a statement: "Allegations that I have ever retaliated against anyone in any fashion are 100% false. I have spent my entire career working at comedy shows, where there has always been a wide latitude to make transgressive jokes while preparing the program. While we make a lot of jokes, these jokes attributed to me, whether said in rehearsals or production meetings, are being taken out of context and were not said in the way being presented here."