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Stephen Colbert Says Joe Biden Interview Saved Late Show from Ending

As Stephen Colbert's talk show occasionally does, "The Late Show" did a bit of an unexpected swap last night. His…

As Stephen Colbert’s talk show occasionally does, “The Late Show” did a bit of an unexpected swap last night. His old “Daily Show” co-worker Jon Stewart sat behind the desk in a monochrome long-sleeve shirt, naturally, asking Colbert questions for a change.

In a revealing part of the evening, Stewart got Colbert to open up over de tumultuous start of “The Late Show”, toen publiek getallen waren laag en de show was proberen te reinvent het formaat. Part of the biggest challenge was juggling what viewers might have known of his “Colbert Report” persona. On the interview page, Colbert said that one particular talk helped him lock in that idea.

During a 2015 interview with then-vice president Joe Biden, the two were able to connect about similar responses to things that had happened in their respective families. After the Biden interview was over, Colbert remembers telling his producer, “That nice old man just gave me my show, because I know that there are times when I absolutely have to be myself.” That was something to hold on to for the Six months before we figured this shit out. “

What Colbert did not mention is that it was in the very first week of the show. De eerste deel van de interview is verloren in de YouTube ether, maar de tweede helft van dat gesprek is nog steeds beschikbaar via de “Late Show” -kanaal. What begins as a comic tiptoeing about whether Biden would make a presidential run soon transitions into a discussion of Biden’s son Beau, who had passed away earlier that year.

Like Colbert said, it took the show a few months to get its footing (although the original theme song and intro is still the best it’s ever had), but it’s easy to see why this conversation has been stuck with the host these years later.

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