Colbert has good week in ratings despite controversy

One week after Twitter asked to #FireColbert due to a profanity-laden gay joke about Vladimir Putin and President Trump, Jon Stewart showed up to have his old friend Stephen Colbert's back. Or don't. It will be a reunion of some of TV's most outspoken comedians when Colbert hosts a get-together of former Daily Show talent, including Jon Stewart (an executive producer of The Late Show) and former correspondents-turned-hosts John Oliver and Samantha Bee, along with Ed Helms and Rob Corddry.

None of this was lost on Stephen's guest and former boss, Jon Stewart. Colbert said two nights later that he might have changed some of his language, but didn't apologize for the attack; the late-night host said he was angry with how Trump treated CBS "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson in an interview.

"I can't believe you're leaving us", echoed Helms. Stewart said he sometimes finds himself "impotently shouting into the abyss" - not all that different from his "Daily Show" role, he mused.

"We went out to a cross burning in the summertime, as you do", Colbert said.

Then Stewart does what he came to do, defend a comedian's right to offend: "The things you say, even if they're crass. we can insult, but the president can injure".

The two then launched into a deeper conversation about James Comey's termination from his post, Bill O'Reilly's ouster at Fox news, and how Stewart feels about being off air during such a tumultuous time.

"That I do, but might I say", Colbert quipped back, "I learned it from you, Dad". "This is what it was like to hang out backstage for years at 'The Daily Show'".

The special episode started with Stewart making a sandwich for current "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah, who presided over a series of red buttons, including one that sent Colbert running for a Coke.

Ever since Colbert was handed the reigns of the Late Show from David Letterman in 2015, Stewart has played an integral part in raising the show's political commentary to new heights.

"Why has age ravaged me?" he said. While Corddry and Helms have returned to acting, Bee and Oliver host weekly talk shows of their own that may well compete against Colbert's at the upcoming Emmys. I can't tell you how awesome it is to have all these people in the same room! You know what else is The Tiffany Way?

"The process of making the show became entwined with the process of me making sense of things I didn't understand, so I miss that". Does Stewart miss being on TV?

All jokes aside, Colbert did give credit where credit was due and thanked Stewart, especially, for getting him the job.

  • Leroy Wright