Remember last year when spurious rumours claimed that James Corden might be taking over “The Late Show” due to Stephen Colbert’s so-so ratings?
Not anymore. Colbert is currently #1 in late night, and has just brought CBS its longest late-night winning streak over NBC’s “Tonight Show” in seven years, thanks to Colbert’s merciless skewering of President Donald Trump in his can’t-miss “Late Show” monologues.
Colbert continued his Trump-bashing when he spoke with advertisers and media at the CBS upfront presentation on Wednesday in New York City.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Colbert was introduced by CBS CEO Les Moonves, who joked about Colbert’s recent ratings dominance. “If you think I love him more because he’s #1 now,” quipped Moonves, “you’re right.”
In fact, THR lists all of the comedy hand grenades that Colbert lobbed at the Trump administration during his upfront monologue.
“I want to welcome the hot new star of ‘Criminal Minds’, James Comey,” joked Colbert about the recently fired FBI Director.
Addressing his ratings roll, Colbert added: “I could not have done it without a visionary leader, a legend of television who made the ‘Late Show’ what it is. Thank you, Donald Trump. It is an honour every night to be on stage and talk about that day’s Trump scandal.”
And then this: “Unfortunately, the hour I’m spending on stage often means I’m missing the breaking news of tomorrow’s Trump scandal. So by the time my monologue airs, I can sound as out-of-touch of what’s going on at the White House as Sean Spicer does,” jibed Colbert, adding: “Speaking of Sean Spicer, I don’t know if you’ve seem him lately. It helps to have a pair of hedge trimmers around.”
Colbert also addressed the controversy that ensued after he described Trump’s mouth as a “c***-holster” for Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I have to say, this administration has been just as strange as I imagined it would be. At this point, there’s really only one word to describe this president and the FCC has asked me not to use it anymore,” said Colbert.
“I don’t know if you heard but the president recently had some harsh things to say about me,” he added. “He said my language is not appropriate for the ‘Late Show’ because kids are watching. Who says only old people watch CBS? Clearly, we’re #1 in the coveted demo of 6-12 year-old politically engaged insomniacs.”
He also joked about the similarities he shares with the Commander in Chief. “I will say, the president and I do have some things in common. We’re both TV hosts who spend most of our time talking about Donald Trump. Of course, unlike Mr. Trump, my guests know they’re being taped.”
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.