Stephen Colbert is a Democratic hack posing as a late night host. He’s bowed before “your excellency” Andrew Cuomo (that didn’t age well) and basically endorsed the “decent” and “honest” Joe Biden. Yet CBS This Morning on Monday hailed the coming return of The Late Night host to his studio as a renaissance of “normalcy and healing,” even comparing it to David Letterman after 9/11.
This Morning co-host Gayle King cheered that “Colbert is taking a big step into the post-pandemic world. CBS’s late night talk show is welcoming back a full — and most important part -- fully vaccinated studio audience starting three weeks from today.”
Reporter Meg Oliver lauded, “Now Colbert has a chance to provide much more than laughs. In welcoming back his audience, he's bringing back a sense of normalcy and healing, like his predecessor David Letterman did just days after 9/11.”
Colbert is no post-9/11 healer. Yet Oliver marveled, “In a statement, Colbert would only say he's looking forward to doing shows again for an audience he can smell and touch.”
How out of touch is Colbert? He asked Jake Tapper in May about the “moderate,” “boring” Joe Biden. In October of 2020, the host hyped, “Governor Andrew Cuomo... your excellency.” The Late Night host mocked Mike Pence’s faith and the death threats against him. He even threatened to ban Chris Christie from the show.
Colbert isn’t any kind of unifying, figure. He’s a host for Democrats who clearly hates half the country.
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CBS This Morning
GAYLE KING: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is taking a big step into the post-pandemic world. CBS’s late night talk show is welcoming back a full — and most important part -- fully vaccinated studio audience starting three weeks from today. Now, this is the first network late-note show to make the move. Meg Oliver is outside the Ed Sullivan Theater. Meg, this is a really big deal. I’m happy for the Colbert fans and for the Colbert team. This is good.
MEG OLIVER: Gayle, this is so exciting. On June 14th, these doors will open and welcome some 400 audience members. Something that hasn't happened since March of last year.
ANNOUNCER: It's Stephen Colbert!
OLIVER: This is the Stephen Colbert we remember from before the pandemic — a host who loved getting up close and personal with his studio audience. Even once graciously accepting an emerald ring.
OLIVER: When the pandemic forced broad weigh and much of New York to go dark in 2020, the Ed Sullivan theater did, as well.
OLIVER: Soon, he and other hosts did what we had all did last year -- talked with people via zoom, and managed to keep the laughter alive without the energy provided by a live audience.
OLIVER: Now Colbert has a chance to provide much more than laughs. In welcoming back his audience, he's bringing back a sense of normalcy and healing, like his predecessor David Letterman did just days after 9/11.
DAVID LETTERMAN: And it's very simple — there is only one requirement for any of us, and that is to be courageous.
OLIVER: Come June 14th, Colbert's audience members will have to show proof of vaccination and face masks will be optional. And then after 437 days and 205 episodes, A Late Show will be called again "The Late Show" thanks to this familiar sound -- [ cheers ] No one knows what Colbert will say tonight about his audience's imminent return. But Gayle, we understand you'll have a chance to ask him as a guest tomorrow. In a statement, Colbert would only say he's looking forward to doing shows again for an audience he can smell and touch.